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Title: Development of a miniaturised particle radiation monitor for Earth orbit
Author: Mitchell, Edward Frank
ISNI:       0000 0004 2742 0136
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2013
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Geometry and algorithm design for a novel highly miniaturised radiation monitor (HMRM) for spacecraft in medium Earth orbit are presented. The HMRM device comprises a telescopic configuration of application-specific active pixel sensors enclosed in a titanium shield, with an estimated total mass of 52 g and volume of 15 cm3. The monitor is intended to provide real-time dosimetry and identification of energetic charged particles in fluxes of up to 108 cm-2 s-1 (omnidirectional). Achieving this capability with such a small instrument could open new prospects for radiation detection in space. The methodology followed for the design and optimisation of the particle detector geometry is explained and analysis algorithms - for real-time use within the monitor and for post-processing reconstruction of spectra - are presented. Simulations with the Geant4 toolkit are used to predict operational results in various Earth orbits. Early test results of a prototype monitor, including calibration of the pixel sensors, are also reported.
Supervisor: Araujo, Henrique Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral