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Future prospects for. gamma. -ray astronomy

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Abstract

As ..gamma..-ray astronomy moves from the discovery to the exploratory phase, the promise of ..gamma..-ray astrophysics noted by theorists in the late 1940s and 1950s is beginning to be realized. In the future, satellites should carry instruments that will have over an order of magnitude greater sensitivity than those flown thus far, and, for at least some portions of the ..gamma..-ray energy range, these detectors will also have substantially improved energy and angular resolution. The information to be obtained from these experiments should greatly enhance our knowledge of several astrophysical phenomena including the very energetic and nuclear processes associated with compact objects, astrophysical nucleosynthesis, solar particle acceleration, the chemical composition of the planets and other bodies of the Solar System, the structure of our Galaxy, the origin and dynamic pressure effects of the cosmic rays, high energy particles and energetic processes in other galaxies especially active ones, and the degree of matter-antimatter symmetry of the Universe. The ..gamma..-ray results of the forthcoming programs such as Gamma-I, the Gamma Ray Observatory, the ..gamma..-ray burst network, Solar Polar, and very high energy ..gamma..-ray telescopes on the ground will almost certainly provide justification for more sophisticated telescopes. These advanced instruments might be placed  More>>
Authors:
Fichtel, C [1] 
  1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Greenbelt, MD (USA). Goddard Space Flight Center
Publication Date:
Jun 30, 1981
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
AIX-12-626174; EDB-82-023610
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Philos. Trans. R. Soc. London, Ser. A; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 301:1462
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; GAMMA ASTRONOMY; ANTIMATTER; CHEMICAL COMPOSITION; COSMIC GAMMA BURSTS; COSMIC GAMMA SOURCES; ENERGY RESOLUTION; GAMMA DETECTION; GAMMA SPECTRA; MILKY WAY; NUCLEOSYNTHESIS; PLANETS; SATELLITES; SOLAR RADIATION; SOLAR SYSTEM; UNIVERSE; ASTRONOMY; COSMIC RADIATION; COSMIC RAY SOURCES; DETECTION; GALAXIES; IONIZING RADIATIONS; PRIMARY COSMIC RADIATION; RADIATION DETECTION; RADIATIONS; RESOLUTION; SPECTRA; STELLAR RADIATION; 640101* - Astrophysics & Cosmology- Cosmic Radiation
OSTI ID:
5961033
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
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Journal ID: CODEN: PTRMA
Submitting Site:
INIS
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Pages: 693-701
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Fichtel, C. Future prospects for. gamma. -ray astronomy. United Kingdom: N. p., 1981. Web. doi:10.1098/rsta.1981.0153.
Fichtel, C. Future prospects for. gamma. -ray astronomy. United Kingdom. doi:10.1098/rsta.1981.0153.
Fichtel, C. 1981. "Future prospects for. gamma. -ray astronomy." United Kingdom. doi:10.1098/rsta.1981.0153. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1098/rsta.1981.0153.
@misc{etde_5961033,
title = {Future prospects for. gamma. -ray astronomy}
author = {Fichtel, C}
abstractNote = {As ..gamma..-ray astronomy moves from the discovery to the exploratory phase, the promise of ..gamma..-ray astrophysics noted by theorists in the late 1940s and 1950s is beginning to be realized. In the future, satellites should carry instruments that will have over an order of magnitude greater sensitivity than those flown thus far, and, for at least some portions of the ..gamma..-ray energy range, these detectors will also have substantially improved energy and angular resolution. The information to be obtained from these experiments should greatly enhance our knowledge of several astrophysical phenomena including the very energetic and nuclear processes associated with compact objects, astrophysical nucleosynthesis, solar particle acceleration, the chemical composition of the planets and other bodies of the Solar System, the structure of our Galaxy, the origin and dynamic pressure effects of the cosmic rays, high energy particles and energetic processes in other galaxies especially active ones, and the degree of matter-antimatter symmetry of the Universe. The ..gamma..-ray results of the forthcoming programs such as Gamma-I, the Gamma Ray Observatory, the ..gamma..-ray burst network, Solar Polar, and very high energy ..gamma..-ray telescopes on the ground will almost certainly provide justification for more sophisticated telescopes. These advanced instruments might be placed on the Space Platform currently under study by N.A.S.A.}
doi = {10.1098/rsta.1981.0153}
journal = {Philos. Trans. R. Soc. London, Ser. A; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {301:1462}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1981}
month = {Jun}
}