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The Swift Ultra-Violet/Optical Telescope
Author(s): Peter W. A. Roming; Sally D. Hunsberger; Keith O. Mason; John A. Nousek; Patrick S. Broos; Mary J. Carter; Barry K. Hancock; Howard E. Huckle; Tom E. Kennedy; Ronnie Killough; T. Scott Koch; Michael K. McLelland; Michael S. Pryzby; Phil J. Smith; Juan Carlos Soto; Joseph Stock; Patricia T. Boyd; Martin D. Still
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Paper Abstract

The UV/optical telescope (UVOT) is one of three instruments flying aboard the Swift Gamma-ray Observatory. It is designed to capture the early (~1 minute) UV and optical photons from the afterglow of gamma-ray bursts as well as long term observations of these afterglows. This is accomplished through the use of UV and optical broadband filters and grisms. The UVOT has a modified Ritchey-Chretien design with micro-channel plate intensified charged-coupled device detectors that provide sub-arcsecond imaging. Unlike most UV/optical telescopes the UVOT can operate in a photon-counting mode as well as an imaging mode. We discuss some of the science to be pursued by the UVOT and the overall design of the instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5165, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII, (3 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.504554
Show Author Affiliations
Peter W. A. Roming, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Sally D. Hunsberger, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Keith O. Mason, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
John A. Nousek, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Patrick S. Broos, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Mary J. Carter, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Barry K. Hancock, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Howard E. Huckle, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Tom E. Kennedy, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Ronnie Killough, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
T. Scott Koch, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Michael K. McLelland, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Michael S. Pryzby, Swales Aerospace (United States)
Phil J. Smith, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Juan Carlos Soto, Starsys Research Corp. (United States)
Joseph Stock, Swales Aerospace (United States)
Patricia T. Boyd, Univ. of Maryland/Baltimore County (United States)
Martin D. Still, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5165:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII
Kathryn A. Flanagan; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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