EDP Sciences
Special letters issue on: first science with integral
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Volume 411, Number 1, November III 2003
Special letters issue on: first science with integral
Page(s) L189 - L195
Section Letters
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20031346

A&A 411, L189-L195 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20031346


IBIS/PICsIT in-flight performances

G. Di Cocco, E. Caroli, E. Celesti, L. Foschini, F. Gianotti, C. Labanti, G. Malaguti, A. Mauri, E. Rossi, F. Schiavone, A. Spizzichino, J. B. Stephen, A. Traci and M. Trifoglio

Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (IASF) del CNR, Sezione di Bologna, via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
(Received 14 July 2003 / Accepted 2 September 2003)

PICsIT (Pixellated Imaging CaeSium Iodide Telescope) is the high energy detector of the IBIS telescope on-board the INTEGRAL satellite. PICsIT operates in the gamma-ray energy range between 175 keV and 10 MeV, with a typical energy resolution of 10% at 1 MeV, and an angular resolution of 12 arcmin within a ~100 square degree field of view, with the possibility to locate intense point sources in the MeV region at the few arcmin level. PICsIT is based upon a modular array of 4096 independent CsI(Tl) pixels, ~0.70 cm 2 in cross-section and 3 cm thick. In this work, the PICsIT on-board data handling and science operative modes are described. This work presents the in-flight performances in terms of background count spectra, sensitivity limit, and imaging capabilities.

Key words: gamma-ray telescopes -- imaging detectors -- gamma-ray astronomy

Offprint request: G. Di Cocco, dicocco@bo.iasf.cnr.it

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