The CALET CHD for determination of nuclear charge

Yuki Shimizu*, Oscar Adriani, Yosui Akaike, Carlo Avanzini, Maria Grazia Bagliesi, Andrea Basti, Gabriele Bigongiari, Massimo Bongi, Guido Castellini, Daijiro Ito, Mikihiko Karube, Katsuaki Kasahara, Me Young Kim, Keinosuke Kondo, Temuriaz Lomtadze, Masanori Nakamura, Paolo Maestro, Pier Simone Marrocchesi, Fabio Morsani, Tae NiitaSergio Bruno Ricciarini, Shoji Torii, Yoshitaka Ueyama

*Corresponding author for this work

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Calorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) will be a high energy cosmic ray observatory on the Japanese Experimental Module - Exposed Facility of the International Space Station. In addition to electrons and gamma-rays, CALET has an excellent detection capability of cosmic ray nuclei. In order to determine the atomic number of measured nuclei, the CHarge Detector (CHD) is placed on the top of the calorimeter. The CALET-CHD consists of two orthogonal layers of plastic scintillator charge-measuring modules. Each layer is segmented into 14 scintillator paddles (45 cm×3.2 cm×1 cm) for the reduction of back scattering effects. We evaluated the charge resolution of the plastic scintillators with heavy ion accelerators. In this presentation, we will report the design of the CALET-CHD and its nuclei identification capability as inferred from heavy ion beam tests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2011
PublisherInstitute of High Energy Physics
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event32nd International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2011 - Beijing
Duration: 2011 Aug 112011 Aug 18


Other32nd International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2011


  • Nuclear charge
  • Nuclei
  • Plastic scintillator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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