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Physics and Earth Science Department

Scientific and Technological Pole – University of Ferrara


via G. Saragat, 1 – 44122 Ferrara (Fe)

building H – LARIX


The high energy instrument aboard the Chinese Hard X–ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) [1] consists of 18 cylindrical High Energy Detectors (HEDs), each formed by a phoswich module and its collimator. Each detector unit is a NaI(Tl)/CsI(Na) phoswich scintillation detector with a diameter of 19.6 cm. The thickness of the NaI main detector is 3.5 mm, while that of the CsI shielding is 40 mm. A 5-inch PMT is used to collect the fluorescence of both NaI and CsI crystals. Two HEDs, coded Z01-23 and Z01-24, have been tested at the LARIX–A facility at the beginning of October 2015.
The calibration campaign planned the sweeping of the HED crystals by a monochromatic X–ray beam in 27 different positions. After fixing the X–ray beam energy (calibrated by means of a Canberra spectrometer), each position was illuminated by the 5×5 mm2 beam, and the corresponding data acquired by the HED electronics and saved. This process was repeated for all the 27 points and for the energies tabulated in Table 1 for the two HEDs.
At the end of each measurement a background spectrum was accumulated (obtained by closing the slit in front of the X–ray beam, and leaving the monochromator crystals in the diffraction condition), and used to obtain
the net, background subtracted spectrum.