Sensitivity of Gamma-Ray Detectors to Polarization
Yadigaroglu, I. -A.
arxiv: Astrophysics::High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
Previous studies have shown that the largest gamma-ray detector to date, EGRET, does not have useful polarization sensitivity. We have explored here some improved approaches to analyzing gamma-ray pair production events, leading to important gains in sensitivity to polarization. The performance of the next generation gamma-ray instrument GLAST is investigated using a detailed Monte Carlo simulation of the complete detector.