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      AstroSat; CZT-Imager; sub-MeV spectroscopy; Crab.

    • Abstract

       

      The Cadmium–Zinc–Telluride Imager (CZTI) onboard AstroSat is designed for hard X-ray imaging and spectroscopy in the energy range of 20–100 keV. The CZT detectors are of 5-mm thickness and hence have good efficiency for Compton interactions beyond 100 keV. The polarisation analysis using CZTIrelies on such Compton events and have been verified experimentally. The same Compton events can also be used to extend the spectroscopy up to 380 keV. Further, it has been observed that about 20% pixels of the CZTI detector plane have low gain, and they are excluded from the primary spectroscopy. If these pixels are included, then the spectroscopic capability of CZTI can be extended up to 500 keV and further up to 700 keV with a better gain calibration in the future. Here we explore the possibility of using the Compton events as well as the low gain pixels to extend the spectroscopic energy range of CZTI for ON-axis bright X-ray sources. We demonstrate this technique using Crab observations and explore its sensitivity.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      ABHAY KUMAR1 2 TANMOY CHATTOPADHYAY3 SANTOSH V. VADAWALE1 A. R. RAO4 5 SOUMYA GUPTA6 N. P. S. MITHUN1 VARUN BHALERAO5 DIPANKAR BHATTACHARYA6

      1. Physical Research Laboratory, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380 009, India.
      2. Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar 382 355, India.
      3. Kavli Institute of Astrophysics and Cosmology, 452 Lomita Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.
      4. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 400 005, India.
      5. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400 076, India.
      6. The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune 411 007, India.
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