National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Goddard Space Flight Center
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Long-Duration Balloon (LDB) Facility at Williams Field
SuperTIGER builds on the heritage of the smaller Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (TIGER) flown from Williams Field in 2001 and 2003. This next-generation version is a large-area instrument that measures the elemental abundances of cosmic rays from Zinc to Molybdenum. The instrument is capable of detecting an unprecedented combination of individual elements at an extraordinary resolution and statistical precision. The data collected will permit a sensitive test of the hypothesis that microquasars or other phenomena could superpose spectral features on the otherwise smooth energy spectra previously measured with less statistical accuracy.
Field Season Overview:
NASA flew this payload during the 2012-13 field season. Support this year is for payload recovery.
Deploying Team Members:
Thomas Hams (Co-PI)
John Mitchell (PI)