AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 62 HETE and Other Clues to GRBs
Oral, Tuesday, January 6, 2004, 10:00-11:30am, Centennial IV

[Previous] | [Session 62] | [Next]

[62.06] The Swift Gamma Ray Burst Mission

N. Gehrels (NASA-GSFC), Swift Team

Swift is a NASA MIDEX mission that is in development for launch in 2004. It is a multiwavelength transient observatory for GRB astronomy. The goals of the mission are to determine the origin of GRBs and their afterglows and use bursts to probe the early Universe. A wide-field gamma-ray camera will detect more than a hundred GRBs per year to 3 times fainter than BATSE. Sensitive narrow-field X-ray and UV/optical telescopes will be pointed at the burst location in 20 to 70 sec by an autonomously controlled "swift" spacecraft. For each burst, arcsec positions will be determined and optical/UV/X-ray/gamma-ray spectrophotometry performed. Measurements of redshift will be made for many of the bursts. The instrumentation is a combination of superb existing flight-spare hardware and design from XMM and Spectrum-X/JET-X contributed by collaborators in the UK and Italy and development of a coded-aperture camera with a large-area (~0.5 square meter) CdZnTe detector array. The instruments have now completed their fabrication phase and are currently being integrated on the observatory for final testing. Key components of the mission are vigorous follow-up and outreach programs to engage the astronomical community and public in Swift. The talk will describe the mission and its status and give a summary of our plans for GRB operations.

If you would like more information about this abstract, please follow the link to http://swift.gsfc.nasa.gov. This link was provided by the author. When you follow it, you will leave the Web site for this meeting; to return, you should use the Back comand on your browser.

[Previous] | [Session 62] | [Next]

Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 35#5
© 2003. The American Astronomical Soceity.