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Instruments on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory

The Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory
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Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory

Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory Experiments

Burst and Transient Source Experiment (BATSE): which studies fast-changing sources like gamma-ray bursts, over a wide field of view.

Oriented Scintillation Spectrometer Experiment (OSSE): a pointable instrument with a narrow field-of-view, to allow focusing on transient sources found by BATSE.

Imaging Compton Telescope (Comptel): which produces gamma-ray images of the sky.

Energetic Gamma-Ray Experiment Telescope (EGRET): which points at the same part of the sky as Comptel does, taking measurements of photon energy and path.

The CGRO continues to operate today, and is producing large amounts of data which are being used to improve our understanding of the high-energy processes in our universe.


A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/GSFC

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