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Performance Of The Large-Area Detectors For The Burst And Transient Source Experiment (BATSE) On The Gamma Ray Observatory
Author(s): W. S. Paciesas; G. N. Pendleton; J. P. Lestrade; G. J. Fishman; C. A. Meegan; R. B. Wilson; T. A. Parnell; R. W. Austin; F. A. Berry; J. M. Horack; S. D. Storey
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Paper Abstract

The Burst and Transient Source Experiment (BATSE), one of four experiments on the Gamma Ray Observatory (GRO), is expected to provide the most sensitive observations of γ-ray bursts yet obtained, as well as to provide long-term monitoring of hard x-ray and low-energy γ-ray emission from bright pulsating sources, transients, and solar flares. Eight uncollimated modules, positioned at the corners of the spacecraft to provide an unobstructed view of the sky, detect sources by various techniques based on time variability. Use of detectors with anisotropic response allows location of γ-ray bursts to be determined to an accuracy of s1° using BATSE data alone. The completed BATSE underwent intensive testing and calibration prior to its delivery in October 1988 for integration on the GRO. We describe the instrument and summarize the results of the testing and calibration as they relate to characterization of systematic uncertainties in BATSE btirst location.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 November 1989
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1159, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy and Atomic Physics, (27 November 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.962574
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W. S. Paciesas, University of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
G. N. Pendleton, University of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
J. P. Lestrade, Mississippi State University (United States)
G. J. Fishman, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
C. A. Meegan, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
R. B. Wilson, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
T. A. Parnell, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
R. W. Austin, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
F. A. Berry, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
J. M. Horack, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
S. D. Storey, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1159:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy and Atomic Physics
Charles J. Hailey; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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