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Improved gamma-ray burst detector using a Compton telescope technique
Author(s): William S. Paciesas; Geoffrey N. Pendleton; Michael S. Briggs; John M. Horack; Charles A. Meegan; Ann M. Parsons; Mark H. Finger
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Paper Abstract

Gamma-ray bursts remain one of the outstanding unsolved mysteries of astronomy. The next generation of instruments will address specific aspects of the gamma-ray burst problem and attempt to answer fundamental questions such as the distance scale. However, missing from the crop of planned or proposed instruments is one which combines high sensitivity and a large field of view, so that detailed studies can be performed on a large sample of weak bursts. Such a combination is difficult to obtain at a reasonable cost with the techniques currently used. We describe a novel application of the Compton telescope technique to the energy range 50 - 300 keV which can, in principle, provide the required capabilities using position sensitive semiconductor detectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2806, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Detectors, Techniques, and Missions, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254012
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William S. Paciesas, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Geoffrey N. Pendleton, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Michael S. Briggs, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
John M. Horack, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles A. Meegan, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ann M. Parsons, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark H. Finger, Universities' Space Research Association (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2806:
Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Detectors, Techniques, and Missions
Brian D. Ramsey; Thomas A. Parnell, Editor(s)

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