Slewing mirror telescope of the UFFO-pathfinder: first report on performance in space

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  • Author: Gaikov, G.

    Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Jeong, S.

    Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Agaradahalli, V. G.

    Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Park, I. H.

    Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Budtz-Jørgensen, Carl

    Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics, National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Elektrovej, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Castro-Tirado, A. J.

    University of Málaga, Spain

  • Author: Chen, P.

    National Taiwan University, Taiwan, Province of China

  • Author: Jeong, H. M.

    Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Kim, J. E.

    Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Kim, M. B.

    Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Kim, S. W.

    Yonsei University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Lee, J.

    Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Leonov, V.

    Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Nam, J. W.

    National Taiwan University, Taiwan, Province of China

  • Author: Panasyuk, M. I.

    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

  • Author: Petrov, V.

    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

  • Author: Reglero, V.

    University of Valencia, Spain

  • Author: Ripa, J.

    National Taiwan University, Taiwan, Province of China

  • Author: Svertilov, S. I.

    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

  • Author: Tumarina, M.

    Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Yashin , I.

    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

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To observe the early optical emissions from gamma ray bursts (GRBs), we built the Slew Mirror Telescope. It utilizes a 150 mm motorized mirror to redirect incoming photons from astrophysical objects within seconds and to track them as compensating satellite movements. The SMT is a major component of the UFFO-pathfinder payload, which was launched on April 28, 2016, onboard the Lomonosov satellite. For the first time, the slewing mirror system has been proven for the precision tracking of astrophysical objects during space operation. We confirmed that the SMT has 1.4 seconds of response time to the X-gamma-ray trigger, and is able to compensate for satellite drift and to track astrophysical objects with magnitudes from 7 to 18.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Express
Volume25
Issue number23
Pages (from-to)29143-29154
ISSN1094-4087
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StatePublished - 2017

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