Characterization of a tagged γ-ray beam line at the DAΦNE Beam Test Facility

P.W. Cattaneo, A. Argan, F. Boffelli, A. Bulgarelli, B. Buonomo, A.W. Chen, F. Dammando, L. Foggetta, T. Froysland, F. Fuschino, M. Galli, F. Gianotti, A. Giuliani, F. Longo, M. Marisaldi, G. Mazzitelli, A. Pellizzoni, M. Prest, G. Pucella, L. QuintieriA. Rappoldi, M. Tavani, M. Trifoglio, A. Trois, P. Valente, E. Vallazza, S. Vercellone, A. Zambra, G. Barbiellini, P. Caraveo, V. Cocco, E. Costa, G. De Paris, E. Del Monte, G. Di Cocco, I. Donnarumma, Y. Evangelista, M. Feroci, A. Ferrari, M. Fiorini, C. Labanti, I. Lapshov, F. Lazzarotto, P. Lipari, M. Mastropietro, S. Mereghetti, E. Morelli, E. Moretti, A. Morselli, L. Pacciani, F. Perotti, G. Piano, P. Picozza, M. Pilia, G. Porrovecchio, M. Rapisarda, A. Rubini, S. Sabatini, P. Soffitta, E. Striani, V. Vittorini, D. Zanello, S. Colafrancesco, P. Giommi, C. Pittori, P. Santolamazza, F. Verrecchia, L. Salotti

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At the core of the AGILE scientific instrument, designed to operate on a satellite, there is the Gamma Ray Imaging Detector (GRID) consisting of a Silicon Tracker (ST), a Cesium Iodide Mini-Calorimeter and an Anti-Coincidence system of plastic scintillator bars. The ST needs an on-ground calibration with a γ-ray beam to validate the simulation used to calculate the energy response function and the effective area versus the energy and the direction of the γ rays. A tagged γ-ray beam line was designed at the Beam Test Facility (BTF) of the INFN Laboratori Nazionali of Frascati (LNF), based on an electron beam generating γ-rays through bremsstrahlung in a position-sensitive target. The γ-ray energy is deduced by difference with the post-bremsstrahlung electron energy [1,2]. The electron energy is measured by a spectrometer consisting of a dipole magnet and an array of position sensitive silicon strip detectors, the Photon Tagging System (PTS). The use of the combined BTF-PTS system as tagged photon beam requires understanding the efficiency of γ-ray tagging, the probability of fake tagging, the energy resolution and the relation of the PTS hit position versus the γ-ray energy. This paper describes this study comparing data taken during the AGILE calibration occurred in 2005 with simulation. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55 - 66
Number of pages12
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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