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INTEGRAL: the next major gamma-ray astronomy mission?
Author(s): Gerald K. Skinner; S. Bergeson-Willis; T. Courvoisier; Anthony J. Dean; Philippe Durouchoux; N. Eismont; Neil A. Gehrels; Jonathan E. Grindlay; William A. Mahoney; James L. Matteson; Brian McBreen; Oscar Pace; Thomas A. Prince; Volker Schoenfelder; Rashid Sunyaev; B. Swanenburg; Bonnard J. Teegarden; Pietro Ubertini; Gilbert Vedrenne; Gabriele E. Villa; Sergio Volonte; Christoph Winkler
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Paper Abstract

The International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) is a proposed joint ESA/NASA/Russia gamma-ray astronomy mission which will provide both imaging and spectroscopy. It is currently at the final stages of an ESA phase-A study which it is hoped will lead to it being adopted during 1993 as the second 'medium-class' mission within ESA's Horizon 2000 plan. Launched in less than 10 years time it will be the successor to the current generation of gamma-ray spacecraft, NASA's Compton Observatory (GRO) and the Soviet- French Granat/Sigma mission. The baseline is to have two main instruments covering the photon energy range 50 keV to 10 MeV, one concentrating on high-resolution spectroscopy, the other emphasizing imaging. In addition there will be two monitors--an X-ray monitor which will extend the photon energy range continuously covered down to a few keV, and an Optical Transient Camera which will search for optical emission from gamma-ray bursts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1945, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II, (1 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.158753
Show Author Affiliations
Gerald K. Skinner, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
S. Bergeson-Willis, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
T. Courvoisier, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Anthony J. Dean, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Philippe Durouchoux, CEN-SACLAY (France)
N. Eismont, IKI (Russia)
Neil A. Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jonathan E. Grindlay, Harvard-Smithsonian Observatory (United States)
William A. Mahoney, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James L. Matteson, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Brian McBreen, Univ. College (Ireland)
Oscar Pace, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Thomas A. Prince, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Volker Schoenfelder, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestriche Physik (Germany)
Rashid Sunyaev, IKI (Russia)
B. Swanenburg, SRON/ROL (Netherlands)
Bonnard J. Teegarden, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Pietro Ubertini, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (Italy)
Gilbert Vedrenne, Centre d'Etude Spatial des Rayonnements (France)
Gabriele E. Villa, Instituto per Ricerche in Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Sergio Volonte, European Space Agency (France)
Christoph Winkler, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1945:
Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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