18 October 1996 BASIS mission concept for gamma-ray burst imaging and spectroscopy
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We are studying a gamma-ray burst mission concept called burst arcsecond imaging and spectroscopy (BASIS) as part of NASA's new mission concepts for astrophysics program. The scientific objectives are to accurately locate bursts, determine their distance scale, and measure the physical characteristics of the emission region. Arcsecond burst positions (angular resolution approximately 30 arcsec, source positions approximately 3 arcsec) will be obtained for approximately 100 bursts per year using the 10 - 100 keV emission. This will allow the first deep, unconfused counterpart searches at other wavelengths. The key technological breakthrough that makes such measurements possible is the development of CdZnTe room-temperature semiconductor detectors with fine (approximately 100 micron) spatial resolution. Fine spectroscopy will be obtained between 0.2 and 150 keV. The 0.2 keV threshold will allow the first measurements of absorption in our galaxy and possible host galaxies, constraining the distance scale and host environment.
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Neil A. Gehrels, Neil A. Gehrels, Bonnard J. Teegarden, Bonnard J. Teegarden, Louis M. Barbier, Louis M. Barbier, Scott D. Barthelmy, Scott D. Barthelmy, Lyle M. Bartlett, Lyle M. Bartlett, Thomas L. Cline, Thomas L. Cline, Edward E. Fenimore, Edward E. Fenimore, Gerald J. Fishman, Gerald J. Fishman, Kevin C. Hurley, Kevin C. Hurley, John F. Krizmanic, John F. Krizmanic, Chryssa Kouveliotou, Chryssa Kouveliotou, M. Leventhal, M. Leventhal, Dan McCammon, Dan McCammon, Jay P. Norris, Jay P. Norris, David M. Palmer, David M. Palmer, Ann M. Parsons, Ann M. Parsons, William S. Paciesas, William S. Paciesas, Wilton T. Sanders, Wilton T. Sanders, Bradley Schaefer, Bradley Schaefer, Carl Michael Stahle, Carl Michael Stahle, Jack Tueller, Jack Tueller, J. van Paradijs, J. van Paradijs, Stanford E. Woosley, Stanford E. Woosley, } "BASIS mission concept for gamma-ray burst imaging and spectroscopy", Proc. SPIE 2806, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Detectors, Techniques, and Missions, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.253983; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.253983
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