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In-flight performance of the AGILE mini-calorimeter and its gamma-ray burst detection capabilities
Author(s): Martino Marisaldi; Claudio Labanti; Fabio Fuschino; Marcello Galli; Andrea Argan; Andrea Bulgarelli; Guido Di Cocco; Fulvio Gianotti; Marco Tavani; Massimo Trifoglio; Alessio Trois
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Paper Abstract

The Minicalorimeter (MCAL) is a scintillation detector onboard the Italian space mission AGILE, dedicated to gamma-ray and hard-X astrophysics and launched on 23 April, 2007. MCAL can work both as part of the gamma-ray imaging system and as an independent detector for gamma-ray burst (GRB) in the 350 keV - 100 MeV energy range. The on-board trigger logic is now enabled for burst search on timescales as short as 64 ms, leading to a detection rate of about one event/week. MCAL is particularly suitable for the detection of short-hard bursts and contributes to GRB localization through the Inter-Planetary Network (IPN).

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70111P (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789182
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Martino Marisaldi, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
Claudio Labanti, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
Fabio Fuschino, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
Marcello Galli, ENEA (Italy)
Andrea Argan, INAF-IASF Milano (Italy)
Andrea Bulgarelli, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
Guido Di Cocco, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
Fulvio Gianotti, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
Marco Tavani, INAF-IASF Roma (Italy)
Massimo Trifoglio, INAF-IASF Bologna (Italy)
Alessio Trois, INAF-IASF Milano (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7011:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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