A review of requirements for gamma radiation detection in space using cubesats

Francesco Arneodo, Adriano Di Giovanni, Prashanth Marpu

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Initially intended as student-led projects at universities and research institutions, the Cube-Sats now represent a unique opportunity to access space quickly and in a cost-effective fashion. CubeSats are standard and miniaturized satellites consisting of multiple identical units with dimen-sions of about 10 × 10 × 10 cm3 and very limited power consumption (usually less than a few W). To date, several hundreds of CubeSats have been already launched targeting scientific, educational, technological, and commercial needs. Compact and highly efficient particle detectors suitable for payloads of miniaturized space missions can be a game changer for astronomy and astroparticle physics. For example, the origin of catastrophic astronomical events can be pinpointed with unprece-dented resolution by measuring the gamma-ray coincidence signals in CubeSats flying in formations, and possibly used as early warning system for multi messenger searches. In this paper, we will discuss and analyze the main features of a CubeSat mission targeting intense and short bursts of gamma-rays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2659
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 2 2021


  • Detectors for astronomy, astrophysics, and gravitational waves
  • Electronic detector readout
  • Particle detectors
  • Silicon photomultipliers
  • X-ray and gamma ray detectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Instrumentation
  • General Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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