Vol 11, No 6

Time series data correction for the Chang’E-1 gamma-ray spectrometer

Li-Yan Zhang, Yong-Liao Zou, Jian-Zhong Liu, Jian-Jun Liu, Ji Shen, Ling-Li Mu, Xin Ren, Wei-Bin Wen, Chun-Lai Li


Abstract The main goal of the gamma-ray spectrometer (GRS) onboard Chang’E- 1 (CE-1) is to acquire global maps of elemental abundances and their distributions on the moon, since such maps will significantly improve our understanding of lunar formation and evolution. To derive the elemental maps and enable research on lunar formation and evolution, raw data that are received directly from the spacecraft must be converted into time series corrected gamma-ray spectra. The data correction procedures for the CE-1 GRS time series data are thoroughly described. The processing procedures to create the time series gamma-ray spectra described here include channel processing, optimal data selection, energy calibration, gain correction, dead time correction, geometric correction, orbit altitude normalization, eliminating unusable data and galactic cosmic ray correction. Finally, descriptions are also given on data measurement uncertainties, which will help the interested scientists to understand and estimate various uncertainties associated with the above data processing.


Keywords instrumentation: spectrographs (gamm-ray spectrometer) — gamma- rays: observations — methods: data analysis

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