Swift X-ray telescope observations of galactic transients

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Abstract

The Swift Gamma Ray Burst Explorer is a multi wavelength satellite mission dedicated to detection and follow-up of Gamma-Ray Bursts. Swift is comprised of three instruments, a Gamma-Ray detector (BAT), X-ray telescope (XRT) and UV/Optical telescope (UVOT). Swift is able to react with a fast response to both on-board detected transient events, and events discovered by other missions. This rapid response capability makes it an excellent platform for performing time-critical X-ray transients. The Swift X-Ray Telescope (XRT) is able to perform imaging observations of X-ray transients and obtain localizations to ∼3.5 arc-second accuracy, aiding optical identification with ground based optical and IR follow-ups. We present an account of the operations of the Swift telescope in response to X-ray transients, particularly focusing on XRT observations, and present some results of X-ray monitoring of X-ray Transients with the XRT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTHE TRANSIENT MILKY WAY
Subtitle of host publicationA Perspective for Mirax
Pages71-75
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
EventTHE TRANSIENT MILKY WAY: A Perspective for Mirax - Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil
Duration: Dec 7 2005Dec 9 2005

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume840
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

OtherTHE TRANSIENT MILKY WAY: A Perspective for Mirax
CountryBrazil
CitySao Jose dos Campos
Period12/7/0512/9/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Kennea, J. A. (2006). Swift X-ray telescope observations of galactic transients. In THE TRANSIENT MILKY WAY: A Perspective for Mirax (pp. 71-75). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 840). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2216606