The CALorimetric Electron Telescope primary detector (CALET-CAL) is a 30 radiation-length-deep hybrid calorimeter designed for the accurate measurement of high-energy cosmic rays. It is capable of triggering on and giving near complete containment of electromagnetic showers from primary electrons and gamma rays from 1 GeV to over 10 TeV. The first 24 months of on-orbit scientific data (2015 November 01-2017 October 31) provide valuable characterization of the performance of the calorimeter based on analyses of the gamma-ray data set in general and bright point sources in particular. We describe the gamma-ray analysis, the expected performance of the calorimeter based on Monte Carlo simulations, the agreement of the flight data with the simulated results, and the outlook for long-term gamma-ray observations with the CAL.
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Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Cannady, N., Asaoka, Y., Satoh, F., Tanaka, M., Torii, S., Cherry, M., Mori, M., Adriani, O., Akaike, Y., Asano, K., Bagliesi, M., Berti, E., Bigongiari, G., Binns, W., Bonechi, S., Bongi, M., Brogi, P., Buckley, J., Castellini, G., Checchia, C., Collazuol, G., Di Felice, V., Ebisawa, K., Fuke, H., Guzik, T., Hams, T., Hareyama, M., Hasebe, N., Hibino, K., Ichimura, M., Ioka, K., Ishizaki, W., & Israel, M. (2018). Characteristics and Performance of the CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) Calorimeter for Gamma-Ray Observations. Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, 238 (1) https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4365/aad6a3