First results from the INTEGRAL galactic plane scans

C. Winkler, N. Gehrels, V. Schonfelder, J.P. Roques, A.W. Strong, C. Wunderer, P. Ubertini, F. Lebrun, A. Bazzano, M. Del Santo, Niels Lund, Niels Jørgen Stenfeldt Westergaard, V. Beckmann, P. Kretschmar, S. Mereghetti

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Scans of the Galactic plane performed at regular intervals constitute a key element of the guaranteed time observations of the INTEGRAL observing programme. These scans are done for two reasons: frequent monitoring of the Galactic plane in order to detect transient sources, and time resolved mapping of the Galactic plane in continuum and diffuse line emission. This paper describes first results obtained from the Galactic plane scans executed so far during the early phase (Dec. 2002-May 2003) of the nominal mission.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAstronomy & Astrophysics
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)L349-L355
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • compact objects
  • nucleosynthesis
  • high energy transients


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