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The Advanced Compton Telescope
Author(s): Steven Boggs; James Kurfess; James Ryan; Elena Aprile; Neil Gehrels; Marc Kippen; Marc Leising; Uwe Oberlack; Cornelia Wunderer; Allen Zych; Peter Bloser; Michael Harris; Andrew Hoover; Alexei Klimenk; Dan Kocevski; Mark McConnell; Peter Milne; Elena I. Novikova; Bernard Phlips; Mark Polsen; Steven Sturner; Derek Tournear; Georg Weidenspointner; Eric Wulf; Andreas Zoglauer; Matthew Baring; John Beacom; Lars Bildsten; Charles Dermer; Dieter Hartmann; Margarita Hernanz; David Smith; Sumner Starrfield
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Paper Abstract

The Advanced Compton Telescope (ACT), the next major step in gamma-ray astronomy, will probe the fires where chemical elements are formed by enabling high-resolution spectroscopy of nuclear emission from supernova explosions. During the past two years, our collaboration has been undertaking a NASA mission concept study for ACT. This study was designed to (1) transform the key scientific objectives into specific instrument requirements, (2) to identify the most promising technologies to meet those requirements, and (3) to design a viable mission concept for this instrument. We present the results of this study, including scientific goals and expected performance, mission design, and technology recommendations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 June 2006
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 626624 (13 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670605
Show Author Affiliations
Steven Boggs, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
James Kurfess, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
James Ryan, Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
Elena Aprile, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marc Kippen, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Marc Leising, Clemson Univ. (United States)
Uwe Oberlack, Rice Univ. (United States)
Cornelia Wunderer, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Allen Zych, Univ. of California, Riverside (United States)
Peter Bloser, Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
Michael Harris, CESR (France)
Andrew Hoover, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Alexei Klimenk, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Dan Kocevski, Rice Univ. (United States)
Mark McConnell, Univ. of New Hampshire (United States)
Peter Milne, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Elena I. Novikova, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Bernard Phlips, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Mark Polsen, Univ. of California, Riverside (United States)
Steven Sturner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Derek Tournear, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Georg Weidenspointner, CESR (France)
Eric Wulf, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Andreas Zoglauer, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Matthew Baring, Rice Univ. (United States)
John Beacom, Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Lars Bildsten, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Charles Dermer, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Dieter Hartmann, Clemson Univ. (United States)
Margarita Hernanz, IEEC-CSIC (Spain)
David Smith, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Sumner Starrfield, Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6266:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Günther Hasinger, Editor(s)

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