Swift GRB Mission

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Swift is a multi-wavelength observatory designed for the autonomous detection and immediate follow-up of gamma-ray bursts and their afterglows. Following launch in early 2004, Swift's Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) will detect 100s of GRBs per year, and autonomously maneuver sensitive UV/optical and X-ray telescopes onto the burst within 10 to 75 seconds. GRB and X-ray positions and a UV/optical finding chart will be rapidly distributed through the GCN to promote ground-based observations. Afterglows will be monitored by Swift for days to weeks. All data will be converted into standard FITS formats and rapidly made available to the community from data centers in the US, Italy, and the UK.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - May 3 2004
EventX-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2003Aug 5 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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