Characterization of a tagged γ - ray beam line at the DAΦNE Beam Test Facility
Cattaneo, P.W. ; Argan, A. ; Boffelli, F. ; Colafrancesco, S. ; Giommi, P. ; Salotti, L.
Jan - 2012

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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 ³ - 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 ³ rays. A tagged ³ - 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 ³ - rays through bremsstrahlung in a position-sensitive target. The ³ - 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 ³ - ray tagging, the probability of fake tagging, the energy resolution and the relation of the PTS hit position versus the ³ - ray energy. This paper describes this study comparing data taken during the AGILE calibration occurred in 2005 with simulation.

keywords : Bremsstrahlung,Electron and positron beam,Photon beam,Position-sensitive detectors