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Design and construction of the POLAR detector

Publication date2018

The POLAR detector is a space based Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) polarimeter with a wide field of view, which covers almost half the sky. The instrument uses Compton scattering of gamma rays on a plastic scintillator hodoscope to measure the polarization of the incoming photons. The instrument has been successfully launched on board of the Chinese space laboratory Tiangong~2 on September 15, 2016. The construction of the instrument components is described in this article. Details are provided on problems encountered during the construction phase and their solutions. Initial performance of the instrument in orbit is as expected from ground tests and Monte Carlo simulation.

  • Polarimeter
  • X-rays
  • Compton scattering
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PRODUIT, Nicolas et al. Design and construction of the POLAR detector. In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. A, 2018, vol. 877, p. 259–268. doi: 10.1016/j.nima.2017.09.053
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