AGILE: An innovative instrument concept to identify and characterize
solar energetic particles
We describe a novel particle telescope, the Advanced enerGetic Ion
eLectron tElescope (AGILE), which utilizes
full pulse shape discrimination to identify solar energetic particles
(SEP), and characterizes their spectra from
about 2 to 200 MeV/nuc for most species from H to Fe. AGILE is a
compact, low mass, and low-power particle
telescope suitable for CubeSat platforms that enable multi-point
measurements in interplanetary space. AGILE will
employ high heritage solid state detectors, a state-of-art high-speed
sampling ASIC, as well as novel algorithms to
characterize SEP to advance the
understanding of charged particle energization, loss, and transport
throughout the heliosphere.
AGILE will resolve ion isotopes (e.g. $^3$He vs. $^4$He) with
high robustness and reliability.
Currently, a prototype of the instrument is being built and will be part
science payload on the GenSat-1 CubeSat. GenSat-1 is expected be
launched early 2022 into a
high inclination low earth orbit, with AGILE collecting data over the
polar regions, i.e., the open field line
regions accessed by SEP.