The Swift Ultra-Violet/Optical Telescope

Peter W.A. Roming, S. D. Hunsberger, Keith O. Mason, John A. Nousek, Patrick S. Broos, Mary J. Carter, Barry K. Hancock, Howard E. Huckle, Tom E. Kennedy, Ronnie Killough, T. Scott Koch, Michael K. McLelland, Michael S. Pryzby, Phil J. Smith, Juan Carlos Soto, Joseph Stock, Patricia T. Boyd, Martin D. Still

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The UV/optical telescope (UVOT) is one of three instruments flying aboard the Swift Gamma-ray Observatory. It is designed to capture the early (∼1 minute) UV and optical photons from the afterglow of gamma-ray bursts as well as long term observations of these afterglows. This is accomplished through the use of UV and optical broadband filters and grisms. The UVOT has a modified Ritchey-Chrétien design with micro-channel plate intensified charged-coupled device detectors that provide sub-arcsecond imaging. Unlike most UV/optical telescopes the UVOT can operate in a photon-counting mode as well as an imaging mode. We discuss some of the science to be pursued by the UVOT and the overall design of the instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-276
Number of pages15
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 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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