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Swift GRB mission
Author(s): John A. Nousek
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Paper Abstract

Swift is a multi-wavelength observatory designed for the autonomous detection and immediate follow-up of gamma-ray bursts and their afterglows. Following launch in early 2004, Swift's Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) will detect 100s of GRBs per year, and autonomously maneuver sensitive UV/optical and X-ray telescopes onto the burst within 10 to 75 seconds. GRB and X-ray positions and UV/optical finding chart will be rapidly distributed thorugh the GCN to promote ground-based observations. Afterglows will be monitored by Swift for days to weeks. All data will be converted into standard FITS formats and rapidly made available to the community from data centers in the US, Italy, and the UK.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5165, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII, (3 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.509880
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John A. Nousek, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (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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