The event trigger system for CALET

Yoshitaka Ueyama*, Shoji Torii, Katsuaki Kasahara, Hiroyuki Murakami, Shunsuke Ozawa, Yosui Akaike, Tae Niita, Masanori Nakamura, Keisuke Yoshida, Tadahisa Tamura, Shoji Okuno, Yusaku Katayose, Yuki Shimizu

*Corresponding author for this work

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The CALorimetric Electron Telescope, CALET, is a mission to study high energy phenomena in the universe by observing high energy cosmic rays (electrons, gamma rays, and nuclei) on the International Space Station. The instrument consists of a segmented plastic scintillator charge-measuring module, an imaging calorimeter consisting of 8 scintillating fiber planes interleaved with tungsten plates of 3 radiation length, and a total absorption calorimeter consisting of orthogonal PWO logs of 27 radiation length. It is necessary to eliminate the background events, mostly low energy protons that prevent efficient observation of high energy cosmic rays. Therefore, CALET has an on-board trigger system to select events which are 1) high energy showers, 2) low energy showers and 3) non-interacting protons or heavy nuclei. These triggers are generated by a combination of the signals from the charge detector, the imaging calorimeter, and the top layer of PWO in the total absorption calorimeter. A CERN-SPS beam test of the CALET prototype detector was carried out by using muons, electrons, and hadrons. We introduce the CALET trigger system and present its performance verified during the beam test.

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


  • Beam test
  • Electron
  • Gamma-ray
  • ISS
  • Trigger system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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