Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
The Advanced Particle-Astrophysics Telescope (APT) is a concept for a gamma-ray space telescope operating in the keV to MeV energy range. Due to the nature of the telescope and the physics of detection, reconstructing initial photon trajectories can be very computationally complex. This is a barrier to the real-time detection of astrophysical transient phenomena such as Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs), and a faster reconstruction algorithm is needed in order to effectively study them. In this project, we develop such an algorithm based on Boggs & Jean (2000) and discuss the effects of certain algorithmic parameters on computational performance. For testing, we create a simple model of Compton scattering and generate data from a uniform source distribution. Though less representative of physical phenomena, this allows for a more straightforward development process and sets up a test framework for future iterations of the project.
Dr. Jeremy Buhler
Dr. Jeremy Buhler, Dr. James Buckley, Dr. Roger Chamberlain