18 October 1996 Improved gamma-ray burst detector using a Compton telescope technique
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Gamma-ray bursts remain one of the outstanding unsolved mysteries of astronomy. The next generation of instruments will address specific aspects of the gamma-ray burst problem and attempt to answer fundamental questions such as the distance scale. However, missing from the crop of planned or proposed instruments is one which combines high sensitivity and a large field of view, so that detailed studies can be performed on a large sample of weak bursts. Such a combination is difficult to obtain at a reasonable cost with the techniques currently used. We describe a novel application of the Compton telescope technique to the energy range 50 - 300 keV which can, in principle, provide the required capabilities using position sensitive semiconductor detectors.
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William S. Paciesas, Geoffrey N. Pendleton, Michael S. Briggs, John M. Horack, Charles A. Meegan, Ann M. Parsons, Mark H. Finger, "Improved gamma-ray burst detector using a Compton telescope technique", Proc. SPIE 2806, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Detectors, Techniques, and Missions, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254012; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.254012
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