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High-rate telemetry as a novel approach to opening new vistas of high-energy space astrophysics
Author(s): David Grabelsky; Steven M. Matz; William R. Purcell; Melville P. Ulmer; John P. Finley; Robert B. Wilson; Geoffrey N. Pendleton; James M. Cordes
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Paper Abstract

Current trends in the design new missions and mission concepts for space-borne high-energy astrophysics research concentrate on the development of advanced detection systems. While progress in detector research and development is critical to the future success of space astrophysics, tremendous advances in communications technology stand ready to breathe new life into stable and established detector technology and detection schemes. Very high rate telemetry systems have a proven record in space-based Earth science missions, yet have been largely overlooked by space astrophysics researchers. By employing advanced telemetry systems, such currently available detector technologies as NaI can now be used to build high-energy astrophysics experiments that open a vast new phase space of astrophysical research. As a context for our discussion, we describe a proposed medium explorer-class mission called ALLEGRO (all-sky low energy gamma ray observatory), a high time and energy resolution experiment that uses high rate telemetry to provide a virtual 'photon pipe' in the 7 - 200 keV energy range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2806, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Detectors, Techniques, and Missions, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254011
Show Author Affiliations
David Grabelsky, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Steven M. Matz, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
William R. Purcell, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Melville P. Ulmer, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
John P. Finley, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Robert B. Wilson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Geoffrey N. Pendleton, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
James M. Cordes, Cornell Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2806:
Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Detectors, Techniques, and Missions
Brian D. Ramsey; Thomas A. Parnell, Editor(s)

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