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S.D. Barthelmy (GSFC)
The addition of the Swift mission to the Gamma-ray Coordinates Network (GCN) will be discussed. The capabilities of Swift have greatly expanded GCN: (1) in the quantity of burst positions (100/yr), (2) the quality of the positions (1-4 arcmin for BAT and 8 arcsec for XRT), and (3) with new data types (images & spectra). These new data types will be described and examples given with emphasis on how these new data products can be used in planning rapid follow-up observations. These Swift data products are rapidly available to ground-based observers, e.g. 15-30 sec for BAT burst positions, 70-130 sec for the XRT positions, and 2-4 minutes for the the UVOT images. The basic functional properties of GCN will also be described: distribution methods, filtering.
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