CALET mission for exploring the high energy universe

Shoji Torii

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    Abstract

    The CALET (CALrimetric Electron Telescope) is an Astrophysics mission for the International Space Station (ISS) that will search for signatures of Dark Mater and provide the highest energy direct measurements of the cosmic ray electron spectrum in order to observe discrete sources of high energy particle acceleration in our local region of the Galaxy. CALET will address many of the outstanding questions including; (1) the nature of the sources of high energy particles and photons, through the high energy spectrum, (2) the details of particle transportation in the Galaxy, and (3) signatures of dark matter, in either the high energy electrons or gamma ray spectrum. It will also be capable of monitoring gamma ray transients and solar modulation. The unique feature of CALET is its thick, fully active calorimeter that allows well into the TeV energy region with excellent energy resolution, coupled with a fine imaging upper calorimeter to accurately identify the starting point of electromagnetic showers. It is in the TeV region that we anticipate being able to observe, for first time, an unambiguous signature of energetic particles (electrons) accelerated in specific sources in our local region of the Galaxy and then propagating to Earth.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)603-608
    Number of pages6
    JournalIEEJ Transactions on Fundamentals and Materials
    Volume132
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • Dark matter
    • High energy cosmic rays
    • Imaging calorimeter
    • International space station

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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