Coded-aperture x-ray/gamma-ray telescope for arc-minute localization of gamma-ray bursts
MARGIE (Minute-of-Arc Resolution Gamma-Ray Imaging Experiment) will be a large-area (approx. 104 cm2), wide field-of-view (approx. 26° half-angle), hard X-ray/gamma-ray imaging telescope capable of providing accurate positions for faint gamma-ray bursts in near-real-time and of performing a sensitive survey of both steady and transient cosmic sources. The instrument is designed to image faint bursts at the low-intensity (high-redshift) end of the log N - log S distribution. MARGIE was recently selected by NASA for a mission-concept study for an Ultra Long Duration Balloon flight. We describe a program to develop an instrument based on the new detector technology of either cadmium zinc telluride room-temperature semiconductors or pixellated cesium iodide scintillators viewed by fast timing charge-coupled devices.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Cherry, M., Altice, P., Band, D., Buckley, J., Guzik, T., Hink, P., Kappadath, S., Macri, J., Matteson, J., McConnell, M., O'Neill, T., Ryan, J., Slavis, K., Stacy, J., & Zych, A. (1999). Coded-aperture x-ray/gamma-ray telescope for arc-minute localization of gamma-ray bursts. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 3765, 539-551. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/physics_astronomy_pubs/730