In-orbit performance of avalanche photodiode as radiation detector onboard a pico-satellite Cute-1.7+APD II

T. Toizumi, Y. Yatsu, T. Nakamori, Jun Kataoka, Y. Tsubuku, Y. Kuramoto, T. Enomoto, R. Usui, N. Kawai, K. Akiyama, S. Inagawa, H. Ashida, K. Omagari, N. Miyashita, S. Matsunaga, Y. Ishikawa, Y. Matsunaga, N. Kawabata

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    Abstract

    Cute-1.7+APD II is the third pico-satellite developed by students at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. One of the primary goals of the mission is to validate the use of avalanche photodiodes (APDs) as a radiation detector for the first time in a space experiment. The satellite was successfully launched by an ISRO PSLV-C9 rocket in Apr 2008 and has since been in operation for more than 20 months. Cute-1.7+APD II carries two reversetype APDs to monitor the distribution of low energy particles down to 9.2 keV trapped in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO), including South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) as well as aurora bands. We present the design parameters and various preflight tests of the APDs prior to launch, particularly, the high counting response and active gain control system for the Cute-1.7+APD II mission. Examples of electron/proton distribution, obtained in continuous 12-hour observations, will be presented to demonstrate the initial flight performance of the APDs in orbit.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    Volume7742
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventHigh Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IV - San Diego, CA
    Duration: 2010 Jun 272010 Jun 30

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    OtherHigh Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IV
    CitySan Diego, CA
    Period10/6/2710/6/30

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    Radiation Detectors
    Avalanche Photodiode
    Radiation detectors
    Avalanche photodiodes
    radiation detectors
    avalanches
    photodiodes
    Orbits
    Orbit
    Satellites
    orbits
    ISRO
    flight characteristics
    Flight dynamics
    Gain control
    low Earth orbits
    Rockets
    rockets
    Parameter Design
    particle energy

    Keywords

    • Avalanche photodiode
    • Cube stellite

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Applied Mathematics
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Toizumi, T., Yatsu, Y., Nakamori, T., Kataoka, J., Tsubuku, Y., Kuramoto, Y., ... Kawabata, N. (2010). In-orbit performance of avalanche photodiode as radiation detector onboard a pico-satellite Cute-1.7+APD II. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 7742). [77420Q] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.855954

    In-orbit performance of avalanche photodiode as radiation detector onboard a pico-satellite Cute-1.7+APD II. / Toizumi, T.; Yatsu, Y.; Nakamori, T.; Kataoka, Jun; Tsubuku, Y.; Kuramoto, Y.; Enomoto, T.; Usui, R.; Kawai, N.; Akiyama, K.; Inagawa, S.; Ashida, H.; Omagari, K.; Miyashita, N.; Matsunaga, S.; Ishikawa, Y.; Matsunaga, Y.; Kawabata, N.

    Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7742 2010. 77420Q.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Toizumi, T, Yatsu, Y, Nakamori, T, Kataoka, J, Tsubuku, Y, Kuramoto, Y, Enomoto, T, Usui, R, Kawai, N, Akiyama, K, Inagawa, S, Ashida, H, Omagari, K, Miyashita, N, Matsunaga, S, Ishikawa, Y, Matsunaga, Y & Kawabata, N 2010, In-orbit performance of avalanche photodiode as radiation detector onboard a pico-satellite Cute-1.7+APD II. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 7742, 77420Q, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IV, San Diego, CA, 10/6/27. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.855954
    Toizumi T, Yatsu Y, Nakamori T, Kataoka J, Tsubuku Y, Kuramoto Y et al. In-orbit performance of avalanche photodiode as radiation detector onboard a pico-satellite Cute-1.7+APD II. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7742. 2010. 77420Q https://doi.org/10.1117/12.855954
    Toizumi, T. ; Yatsu, Y. ; Nakamori, T. ; Kataoka, Jun ; Tsubuku, Y. ; Kuramoto, Y. ; Enomoto, T. ; Usui, R. ; Kawai, N. ; Akiyama, K. ; Inagawa, S. ; Ashida, H. ; Omagari, K. ; Miyashita, N. ; Matsunaga, S. ; Ishikawa, Y. ; Matsunaga, Y. ; Kawabata, N. / In-orbit performance of avalanche photodiode as radiation detector onboard a pico-satellite Cute-1.7+APD II. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7742 2010.
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