The PAMELA experiment is a satellite-borne apparatus designed to study charged particles in the cosmic radiation with a partic- ular focus on antiparticles. PAMELA is mounted on the Resurs DK1 satellite that was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on June 15th 2006. The PAMELA apparatus comprises a time-of-flight system, a magnetic spectrometer, a silicon–tungsten electro- magnetic calorimeter, an anticoincidence system, a shower tail catcher scintillator and a neutron detector. The combination of these devices allows antiparticles to be reliably identified from a large background of other charged particles. This paper reviews he design, space qualification and on-ground performance of PAMELA. The in-orbit performance will be discussed in future publications.

PAMELA:A Payload for Antimatter matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics

BARBARINO, GIANCARLO;DE ROSA, GIANFRANCA
2006

Abstract

The PAMELA experiment is a satellite-borne apparatus designed to study charged particles in the cosmic radiation with a partic- ular focus on antiparticles. PAMELA is mounted on the Resurs DK1 satellite that was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on June 15th 2006. The PAMELA apparatus comprises a time-of-flight system, a magnetic spectrometer, a silicon–tungsten electro- magnetic calorimeter, an anticoincidence system, a shower tail catcher scintillator and a neutron detector. The combination of these devices allows antiparticles to be reliably identified from a large background of other charged particles. This paper reviews he design, space qualification and on-ground performance of PAMELA. The in-orbit performance will be discussed in future publications.
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