ADAPT (the Antarctic Demonstrator for the Advanced Particle-astrophysics Telescope) is a NASA suborbital mission planned for a high-altitude flight from Antarctic in 2025. ADAPT is a 0.5mx0.5m cross-section instrument consisting of a scintillating fiber-tracker, and imaging (CsI) calorimeter and silicon strip detector for gamma-ray and cosmic-ray measurements. The ADAPT instrument will demonstrate the major detector components for the larger space-based APT mission and will provide sensitivity to gamma-ray transients and a sky map in the MeV-GeV range during the ~30 day flight. ADAPT will also make cosmic-ray measurements during its flight, demonstrating the potential for a longer duration space experiment (APT) measure the elemental abundance of rare ultra-heavy cosmic-rays. Even during the brief flight, ADAPT is expected to provide prompt degree-scale localizations and polarization constraints on a few gamma-ray bursts, and provide better instantaneous sensitivity than existing instruments at energies below 100 MeV. The ADAPT instrument is being constructed by the APT collaboration including participants from Washington University (the PI institution), the Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Louisiana State University, the INFN Bari, the INFN Pisa, the Naval Research Lab, University of Hawaii, and the University of Minnesota.
S. Alnussirat1, C. Altomare2, R. G. Bose3, D. Braun3, J. H. Buckley3*, J. D. Buhler4, E. Burns1, R. D. Chamberlain4, W. Chen5, M. L. Cherry1, L. Di Venere6,2, J. Dumonthier7, M. Errando3, S. Funk8, F. Giordano6,2, J. Hoffman3, Z. Hughes3, D. J. Huth3, P. L. Kelly5, J. F. Krizmanic9,10,11, M. Kuwahara12, F. Licciulli2, G. Liu13, M. N. Mazziotta 2, J. G. Mitchell14,15, J. W. Mitchell9, G. A. de Nolfo15, R. Paoletti16, R. Pillera17,2, B. F. Rauch3, D. Serini2, G. Simburger3, M. Sudvarg4, G. Suarez7, T. Tatoli15,18, G. S. Varner12, E. Wulf19, A. Zink8, W. V. Zober3
1Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, USA, 2Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bari, I-70126 Bari, Italy, 3Department of Physics and McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA, 4Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA, 5Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA, 6Dipartimento di Fisica “M. Merlin” dell’Università e del Politecnico di Bari, I-70126 Bari, Italy, 7NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA, 8Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics, D-91058 Erlangen, Germany, 9Center for Space Sciences and Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland 21250, USA, 10Astroparticle Physics Laboratory, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, USA, 11Center for Research and Exploration in Space Sciences and Technology, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, USA, 12Department of Engineering, University of Hawai‘i at Ma ̄noa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA, 13Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i at Ma ̄noa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA, 14Department of Physics, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, USA, 15Heliospheric Physics Laboratory, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA, 16Università di Siena and INFN Pisa, I-53100 Siena, Italy, 17Politecnico di Bari, Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management, via Orabona, 4, I-70125 Bari, Italy, 18Department of Physics, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064, USA, 19Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, USA .
*ADAPT, Principal Investigator
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