B-MINE, the balloon-borne microcalorimeter nuclear line explorer

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  • Author: Silver, E.

  • Author: Schnopper, H.

  • Author: Jones, C.

  • Author: Forman, W.

  • Author: Bandler, S.

  • Author: Murray, S.

  • Author: Romaine, S.

  • Author: Slane, P.

  • Author: Grindlay, J.

  • Author: Madden, N.

  • Author: Beeman, J.

  • Author: Haller, EE

  • Author: Smith, D.

  • Author: Barbera, M.

  • Author: Collura, A.

  • Author: Christensen, Finn Erland

    Astrophysics, National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Elektrovej, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Ramsey, B.

  • Author: Woosley, S.

  • Author: Diehl, R

  • Author: Tucker, G.

  • Author: Fabregat, J.

  • Author: Reglero, V

  • Author: Gimenez, A

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B-MINE is a concept for a balloon mission designed to probe the deepest regions of a supernova explosion by detecting Ti-44 emission at 68 keV with spatial and spectral resolutions that are sufficient to determine the extent and velocity distribution of the Ti-44 emitting region. The payload introduces the concept of focusing optics and microcalorimeter spectroscopy to nuclear line emission astrophysics. B-MINE has a thin, plastic foil telescope multilayered to maximize the reflectivity in a 20 keV band centered at 68 keV and a microcalorimeter array optimized for the same energy band. This combination provides a reduced background, an energy resolution of 50 eV and a 3sigma sensitivity in 10(6) s of 3.3 x 10(-7) ph cm(-2) s(-1) at 68 keV. During the course of a long duration balloon flight, B-MINE could carry out a detailed study of the Ti-44 emission line centroid and width in CAS A.
Original languageEnglish
JournalA I P Conference Proceedings Series
Pages (from-to)860-864
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventGamma-Ray Astrophysics 2001 Symposium - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: 4 Apr 20016 Apr 2001


ConferenceGamma-Ray Astrophysics 2001 Symposium
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD

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