Space Science Reviews

, Volume 120, Issue 3, pp 95–142

The Swift Ultra-Violet/Optical Telescope

Authors

    • Department of Astronomy & AstrophysicsPennsylvania State University
  • Thomas E. Kennedy
    • Mullard Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity College London
  • Keith O. Mason
    • Mullard Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity College London
  • John A. Nousek
    • Department of Astronomy & AstrophysicsPennsylvania State University
  • Lindy Ahr
    • Southwest Research Institute
  • Richard E. Bingham
    • Optical Science LaboratoryUniversity College London
  • Patrick S. Broos
    • Department of Astronomy & AstrophysicsPennsylvania State University
  • Mary J. Carter
    • Mullard Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity College London
  • Barry K. Hancock
    • Mullard Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity College London
  • Howard E. Huckle
    • Mullard Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity College London
  • S D. Hunsberger
    • Department of Astronomy & AstrophysicsPennsylvania State University
  • Hajime Kawakami
    • Mullard Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity College London
  • Ronnie Killough
    • Southwest Research Institute
  • T Scott Koch
    • Department of Astronomy & AstrophysicsPennsylvania State University
  • Michael K. Mclelland
    • Southwest Research Institute
  • Kelly Smith
    • Southwest Research Institute
  • Philip J. Smith
    • Mullard Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity College London
  • Juan Carlos Soto
    • Starsys Research Corporation
    • Ball Aerospace
  • Patricia T. Boyd
    • NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Alice A. Breeveld
    • Mullard Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity College London
  • Stephen T. Holland
    • NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Mariya Ivanushkina
    • Department of Astronomy & AstrophysicsPennsylvania State University
  • Michael S. Pryzby
    • Swales Aerospace
  • Martin D. Still
    • NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Joseph Stock
    • Swales Aerospace
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11214-005-5095-4

Cite this article as:
Roming, P.W.A., Kennedy, T.E., Mason, K.O. et al. Space Sci Rev (2005) 120: 95. doi:10.1007/s11214-005-5095-4
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Abstract

The Ultra-Violet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) is one of three instruments flying aboard the Swift Gamma-ray Observatory. It is designed to capture the early (∼1 min) UV and optical photons from the afterglow of gamma-ray bursts in the 170–600 nm band as well as long term observations of these afterglows. This is accomplished through the use of UV and optical broadband filters and grisms. The UVOT has a modified Ritchey–Chrétien design with micro-channel plate intensified charged-coupled device detectors that record the arrival time of individual photons and provide sub-arcsecond positioning of sources. We discuss some of the science to be pursued by the UVOT and the overall design of the instrument.

Keywords

SwiftUltra-Violet/Optical Telescopegamma-ray burstafterglowspectroscopyimaging
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