HEAD Division Meeting 1999, April 1999
Session 17. Missions and Instruments
Poster, Tuesday, April 13, 1999, 8:30am-6:02pm, Gold Room

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[17.04] A Summary of Biases in the BATSE Burst Trigger

C. Meegan (NASA/MSFC), G. Pendleton, R. Mallozzi (UAH), J. Hakkila (Mankato State U.), A. Johnson (UA)

The BATSE threshold for triggering on a gamma-ray burst is generally expressed in units of peak flux between 50 and 300 keV averaged over 1024 milliseconds. The completeness of the sample is affected by several systematic and statistical effects. A study is currently underway to characterize two of these that have not yet been included in the BATSE trigger efficiency calculation. They are: 1) the effects of statistical fluctuations on the measurement of peak flux and, 2) the effect on the trigger threshold of "slow risers", in which some of the burst flux is identified as background. Some other biases that have been identified are in fact Malmquist-type biases which relate to a volume limited, rather than peak flux limited, burst source distribution and which cannot be determined without knowledge of the burst luminosity distribution.

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