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Space Science Reviews

, Volume 120, Issue 3–4, pp 95–142 | Cite as

The Swift Ultra-Violet/Optical Telescope

  • Peter W. A. RomingEmail author
  • Thomas E. Kennedy
  • Keith O. Mason
  • John A. Nousek
  • Lindy Ahr
  • Richard E. Bingham
  • Patrick S. Broos
  • Mary J. Carter
  • Barry K. Hancock
  • Howard E. Huckle
  • S D. Hunsberger
  • Hajime Kawakami
  • Ronnie Killough
  • T Scott Koch
  • Michael K. Mclelland
  • Kelly Smith
  • Philip J. Smith
  • Juan Carlos Soto
  • Patricia T. Boyd
  • Alice A. Breeveld
  • Stephen T. Holland
  • Mariya Ivanushkina
  • Michael S. Pryzby
  • Martin D. Still
  • Joseph Stock
Article

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

Swift Ultra-Violet/Optical Telescope gamma-ray burst afterglow spectroscopy imaging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter W. A. Roming
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thomas E. Kennedy
    • 2
  • Keith O. Mason
    • 2
  • John A. Nousek
    • 1
  • Lindy Ahr
    • 3
  • Richard E. Bingham
    • 4
  • Patrick S. Broos
    • 1
  • Mary J. Carter
    • 2
  • Barry K. Hancock
    • 2
  • Howard E. Huckle
    • 2
  • S D. Hunsberger
    • 1
  • Hajime Kawakami
    • 2
  • Ronnie Killough
    • 3
  • T Scott Koch
    • 1
  • Michael K. Mclelland
    • 3
  • Kelly Smith
    • 3
  • Philip J. Smith
    • 2
  • Juan Carlos Soto
    • 5
    • 8
  • Patricia T. Boyd
    • 6
  • Alice A. Breeveld
    • 2
  • Stephen T. Holland
    • 6
  • Mariya Ivanushkina
    • 1
  • Michael S. Pryzby
    • 7
  • Martin D. Still
    • 6
  • Joseph Stock
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Astronomy & AstrophysicsPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkU.S.A.
  2. 2.Mullard Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity College LondonDorkingU.K.
  3. 3.Southwest Research InstituteSan AntonioU.S.A.
  4. 4.Optical Science LaboratoryUniversity College LondonLondonU.K.
  5. 5.Starsys Research CorporationBoulderU.S.A.
  6. 6.NASA/Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltU.S.A.
  7. 7.Swales AerospaceBeltsvilleU.S.A.
  8. 8.Ball AerospaceBoulderU.S.A.

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