Vol 23, No 2

Construction and Validation of a Geometry-based Mathematical Model for the Hard X-Ray Imager

Xian-Kai Jiang, Jian Wu, Deng-Yi Chen, Yi-Ming Hu, Hao-Xiang Wang, Wei Liu and Zhe Zhang


Quantitative and analytical analysis of the modulation process of the collimator is a great challenge, and is also of great value to the design and development of Fourier transform imaging telescopes. The Hard X-ray Imager (HXI), as one of the three payloads onboard the Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S) mission, adopts modulating Fourier-Transformation imaging technique and will be used to explore the mechanism of energy release and transmission in solar flare activities. As an important step to reconstruct the images of solar flares, accurate modulation functions of HXI are needed. In this paper, a mathematical model is developed to analyze the modulation function under a simplified condition first. Then its behavior under six degrees of freedom is calculated after adding the rotation matrix and translation change to the model. In addition, unparalleled light and extended sources are also considered so that our model can be used to analyze the X-ray beam experiment. Next, applied to the practical HXI conditions, the model has been confirmed not only by Geant4 simulations but also by some verification experiments. Furthermore, how this model helps to improve the image reconstruction process after the launch of ASO-S is also presented.


: instrumentation: detectors – Sun: X-rays – gamma-rays – techniques: image processing – methods: analytical

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