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Institution(s): 1. Space Research Centre Polish Academy of Sciences, 2. University of Wroclaw
Spectrometer/Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX) is a part of Solar Orbiter (SO) science payload. SO which will be launched in October 2018 into final orbit approaching the Sun to within 0.3 a.u. STIX is a Fourier imager equipped with pairs of grids that comprise the flare hard X-ray tomograph. Similar imager types were already used in the past (eq. RHESSI, Yohkoh/HXT), but STIX will incorporate Moiré modulation and a new type of pixelated? detectors.
We developed a method of modeling these detectors’ response matrix (DRM) using the Geant4 simulations of X-ray photons interactions with CdTe crystals. Taking into account known detector effects (Fano noise, hole tailing etc.) we modeled the resulting spectra with high accuracy. Comparison of Caliste-SO laboratory measurements of 241Am decay spectrum with our results shows a perfect agreement (within 1-2%).
By using the Geant4 tool we proceed to model ageing response of detectors (several years in interplanetary space). The modeling based on the Geant4 simulations significantly improves our understanding of detector response to X-ray photons and secondary background emission due to particles. As an example we present predicted X-ray spectra of solar flares obtained for several levels of detectors’ degradation and for various distances of SO from the Sun.