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Radiat Meas. 2001 Jun;33(3):287-91.

Development of the fiber neutron monitor for the energy range 15-100 MeV on the International Space Station (ISS).

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National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), Tsukuba Space Center, 2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken, 305-8505, Japan.


In order to investigate the space environment, a new neutron monitor has been prepared. The sensor consists of scintillation fibers (FIB) and will be on board the exposed facility of the Japanese Experimental module (Kibo) of the International Space Station (ISS). The sensor is one of the instruments which measures the particle and plasma environment around the ISS. The sensor will be used by the cosmonauts who work on the ISS, to help them avoid a strong particle radiation which may arrive soon. We believe that such an alert is necessary for the cosmonauts to prevent unnecessary radiation from the sun. Furthermore, the sensor will be very useful in understanding the particle acceleration mechanism at the solar surface. The design of the Engineering Model (EM) was finished and its properties were investigated. This report discusses these results.

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