Plastic scintillators are widely used for anti-coincidence systems and nuclei identification in satellite experiments. For this reason, a plastic scintillator detector (PSD) must have a high detection efficiency for charged cosmic rays and a very good capability in measuring nuclei charge. We implemented a full and customizable simulation tool to investigate the performance of a PSD coupled to Silicon Photomultipliers. The overall performance of the detector is studied by tracking optical photons produced inside the scintillator. The simulation will be used for the design of a PSD for future space experiments, such as HERD, AMEGO, e-Astrogam. In this work we investigated in detail the effect of Birks’ saturation effect in the discirimination of charged ions up to iron nuclei. We compare the simulations to measurements conducted on prototype scintillator tiles.
|TIPP2020 abstract resubmission?||No, this is an entirely new submission.|