The Ultra-Fast Flash Observatory’s space GRB mission and science

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012

  • Author: Lim, H.

    Ewha Womens University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Ahmad, S.

    University of Paris-Sud 11, France

  • Author: Barrillon, P.

    University of Paris-Sud 11, France

  • Author: Blin-Bondil, S.

    University of Paris-Sud 11, France

  • Author: Brandt, Søren

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

  • Author: Budtz-Jørgensen, Carl

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

  • Author: Castro-Tirado, A. J.

    Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, CSIC, Spain

  • Author: Chen, P.

    National Taiwan University, Taiwan, Province of China

  • Author: Choi, H. S.

    Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Choi, Y. J.

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Connell, P.

    University of Valencia, Spain

  • Author: Dagoret-Campagne, S.

    University of Paris-Sud 11, France

  • Author: De La Taille, C.

    University of Paris-Sud 11, France

  • Author: Eyles, C.

    University of Valencia, Spain

  • Author: Grossan, B.

    University of California, United States

  • Author: Hermann, I.

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Huang, M.-H. A.

    National United University, Taiwan, Province of China

  • Author: Jeong, S.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Jung, A.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Kim, J. E.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Kim, S. - W.

    National Space Institute, Denmark

  • Author: Kim, Y. W.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Lee, J.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Linder, E. V.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Liu, T.-C.

    National Taiwan University, Taiwan, Province of China

  • Author: Lund, Niels

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

  • Author: Min, K. W.

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Na, G. W.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Nam, J. W.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Nam, K. H.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Panasyuk, M. I.

    Moscow State University, Russian Federation

  • Author: Park, I. H.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Reglero, V.

    University of Valencia, Spain

  • Author: Ripa, J.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Rodrigo, J. M.

    University of Valencia, Spain

  • Author: Smoot, G. F.

    Ewha Womans University, Korea, Republic of

  • Author: Svetilov, S.

    Moscow State University, Russian Federation

  • Author: Vedenkin, N.

    Moscow State University, Russian Federation

  • Author: Yashin, I.

    Moscow State University, Russian Federation

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Abstract. The Ultra-Fast Flash Observatory (UFFO) is a space mission to detect the early moments of an explosion from Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), thus enhancing our understanding of the GRB mechanism. It consists of the UFFO Burst & Trigger telescope (UBAT) for the recognition of GRB positions using hard X-ray from GRBs. It also contains the Slewing Mirror Telescope (SMT) for the fast detection of UV-optical photons from GRBs. It is designed to begin the UV-optical observations in less than a few seconds after the trigger. The UBAT is based on a coded-mask X-ray camera with a wide field of view (FOV) and is composed of the coded
mask, a hopper and a detector module. The SMT has a fast rotatable mirror which allows a fast UV-optical detection after the trigger. The telescope is a modified Ritchey-Chr´etien telescope with the aperture size of 10 cm diameter, and an image intensifier readout by CCD. The UFFO pathfinder is scheduled to launch into orbit on 2012 June by the Lomonosov spacecraft. It is a scaled-down version of UFFO in order to make the first systematic study of early UV/optical light curves, including the rise phase of GRBs. We expect UBAT to trigger ∼44 GRBs/yr and expect SMT to detect ∼10 GRBs/yr.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeath of Massive Stars: Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts : Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 279, 2012
EditorsP. Roming, N. Kawai, E. Pian
PublisherInternational Astronomical Union
Publication date2012
Pages349-350
DOIs
StatePublished
NameInternational Astronomical Union. Proceedings of Symposia
Volume279
ISSN (Print)0074-1809
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: No match on DOI

Keywords

  • Gamma rays: bursts, Gamma rays: Observations, Instrumentation: detectors
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