Opportunities for GRB Discovery Combining Swift and GLAST
- Conference date: 1 September 2006
- Location: Stockholm (Sweden)
Swift is a NASA MIDEX mission with primary objective to study GRBs and use them to study the Universe. The mission was launched on 20 November 2004 and is detecting ∼100 gamma‐ray bursts (GRBs) each year. .For almost every burst there is a prompt (within ∼90 s) spacecraft repointing to give X‐ray and UV/optical observations of the afterglow. Swift has already collected an impressive database including prompt emission to higher sensitivities than BATSE, uniform monitoring of afterglows, and rapid follow‐up by other observatories notified through the GCN. With the launch of GLAST in 2007, there will be an opportunity to combine the powers of Swift and GLAST to make tremendous progress in the study of GRBs. This paper summarizes scientific results from Swift and discusses the ways that Swift and GLAST can work together on GRB observations.
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