Correlated optical observations with BATSE/CGRO on SCO X-1.
- Mcnamara, Bernard
- Dec 1, 1992.
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- The Burst and Transient Source Experiment (BATSE) instrument on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory consists of two banks of eight instruments referred to as the Large Area Detectors (LADs) and the Spectroscopic Detectors (SDs). Each LAD crystal is 50.8 cm in diameter by 1.27 cm thick while for a SD these values are 12.7 cm in diameter by 7.62 cm in diameter. Both the LADs and SDs are NaI(TI) scintillation detectors. The LADs and SDs are situated on the CGRO spacecraft so as to provide all sky coverage for both sets of detectors. The SDs have the ability to measure energies in the 8-16 keV range whereas the minimum energy at which the LADs operate is near 20 keV. SCO X-1 is the brightest continuous x-ray source in the sky. It is believed to consist of a low mass star orbiting and transferring mass onto a neutron star. It is representative of a class of similar objects referred to as low mass x-ray binaries (LMXB). Because SCO X-1 serves as the prototype of this class of x-ray emitters and since its detectable emission is so large, it warrants extended study. One of the most fruitful techniques of studying a LMXB system is by simultaneously monitoring its emission at a variety of different wavelengths. These correlated datasets can be used to probe the source environment, investigate emission mechanisms, and examine the mass transfer process itself. In principle, the BATSE SDs have the capability of providing a nearly continuous 8-16 keV record of SCO X-1 activity. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using the BATSE SDs along with simultaneous optical measurements to study this source.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19930008124.
Accession ID: 93N17313.
Alabama Univ., 1992 NASA(ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Program; 5 p.
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