Bonn 2010 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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EP: Fachverband Extraterrestrische Physik

EP 14: Astrophysics III

EP 14.1: Vortrag

Donnerstag, 18. März 2010, 16:45–17:00, AKM

R&D on the Geant4 Radioactive Decay Physics — •Steffen Hauf1, Markus Kuster1, Philipp-M. Lang1, Maria Grazia Pia2,3, Zane Bell4, Dieter H.H. Hoffmann1, Georg Weidenspointner5,7, and Andreas Zoglauer61IKP, TU Darmstadt, DE — 2CERN, Genf, CH — 3INFN, Genua, IT — 4Oak Ridge National Lab, USA — 5MPI HLL, München, DE — 6SSL, Berkeley, USA — 7MPE, Garching, DE

The anticipated high sensitivity of the next generation X-ray space missions, like the International X-ray Observatory, rely on a low instrumental background, which in turn requires optimized shielding concepts for the instruments. Most state-of-the-art approaches estimate the prompt cosmic ray, solar proton and the cosmic X-ray induced background with simulations using the Geant4 Monte Carlo tool-kit whose electromagnetic and hadronic physics models have extensively been verified with space and ground based experiments.

In contrast measurements to verify the radioactive decay implementation in Geant4 have been rare or have only been tested on a limited set of isotopes, which are not necessarily those used in satellite construction. We present first results of two experiments aimed to verify Geant4 activation and decay physics for materials significant for low background X-ray detectors in space.

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