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A spectroscopic performance of the Swift X-ray Telescope for gamma-ray burst afterglow studies
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Paper Abstract

The Swift X-ray Telescope is a powerful instrument for measuring the X-ray spectral properties of GRB afterglows. The spectroscopic capabilities are obtained through the energy resolving properties of the X-ray CCD imager in the focal plane of the X-ray Telescope. A range of CCD operating modes allow GRB afterglows to be followed over 5 orders of brightness as the afterglow decays. The spectroscopic response in each mode has been determined as part of the XRT calibration program and is being incorporated into the XRT instrument response matrices. These responses are being used to simulate GRB spectra as part of the pre-launch mission planning for Swift.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5165, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII, (3 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.507852
Show Author Affiliations
Kallol Mukerjee, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Julian P. Osborne, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Alan A. Wells, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Anthony F. Abbey, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Andrew P. Beardmore, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Alexander D.T. Short, ESTEC (Netherlands)
Richard M. Ambrosi, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Alberto Moretti, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)

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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