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The Chinese-French SVOM Mission: studying the brightest astronomical explosions
Author(s): O. Godet; J. Paul; J. Y. Wei; S.-N. Zhang; J.-L. Atteia; S. Basa; D. Barret; A. Claret; B. Cordier; J.-G. Cuby; Z. Dai; F. Daigne; J. Deng; Y. Dong; D. Götz; J. Hu; P. Mandrou; J. P. Osborne; Y. Qiu; J. Wang; B. Wu; C. Wu; W. Yuan
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Paper Abstract

We present the SVOM mission that the Chinese National Space Agency and the French Space Agency have decided to jointly implement. SVOM has been designed to detect, characterise and quickly localise gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and other types of high-energy transients. For this task the spacecraft will carry two widefield high-energy instruments: ECLAIRs, a hard X-ray imager, and the Gamma-Ray Monitor, a broadband spectrometer. Upon localising a transient, SVOM will quickly slew towards the source and start deep followup observations with two narrow-field telescopes: the Micro-channel X-ray Telescope in X-rays and the Visible Telescope in the visible. The nearly anti-solar pointing of SVOM combined with the fast transmission of GRB positions to the ground in less than 1 minute, will facilitate the observations of SVOM transients by the largest ground based telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84431O (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925171
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O. Godet, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, OMP-UPS, Univ. de Touluse (France)
Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie. CNRS (France)
J. Paul, CEA Saclay (France)
J. Y. Wei, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
S.-N. Zhang, Institute of High Energy Physics (China)
J.-L. Atteia, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, OMP-UPS, Univ. de Touluse (France)
Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie. CNRS (France)
S. Basa, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
D. Barret, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, OMP-UPS, Univ. de Touluse (France)
Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie. CNRS (France)
A. Claret, CEA Saclay (France)
B. Cordier, CEA Saclay (France)
J.-G. Cuby, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Z. Dai, Nanjing Univ. (China)
F. Daigne, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (France)
J. Deng, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Y. Dong, Institute of High Energy Physics (China)
D. Götz, CEA Saclay (France)
J. Hu, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
P. Mandrou, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, OMP-UPS, Univ. de Touluse (France)
CNRS, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (France)
J. P. Osborne, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Y. Qiu, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
J. Wang, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
B. Wu, Institute of High Energy Physics (China)
C. Wu, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
W. Yuan, National Astronomical Observatories (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8443:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Stephen S. Murray; Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Editor(s)

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