BeppoSAX was a major program of the Italian Space Agency
with participation of the Netherlands Agency for Aereospace Programs. It was
launched on April 30 1996 from Cape Canaveral and operated for 6 years.
It was the first X-ray mission with a scientific payload covering more
than three decades of energy - from 0.1 to 300 keV - with a relatively large effective
area, medium energy resolution and imaging capabilities in the range of 0.1-10 keV.
Lifetime : 30 April 1996 - 30 April 2002
Energy Range : 0.1 - 300 keV
Special Features : Broad-band energy
- The Narrow field Instruments (NFI):
- Four Xray telescopes working in conjnction with one of the following detectors:
- Low Energy Concentrator Spectrometer (LECS)
(one unit) 0.1-10 keV, eff area 22 cm2 @ 0.28 keV,
FOV 37´ diameter, angular resolution 9.7´
FWHM @ 0.28 keV.
- Medium Energy Concentrator Spectrometer (MECS)
(three units) 1.3-10 keV, eff area total 150 cm2 @ 6
keV, FOV 56´ diameter, angular resolution for 50% total
signal radius 75" @ 6 keV.
- High pressure Gas Scintillator Proportional Counter (HPGSPC)
4-120 keV, eff area 240 cm2 @ 30 keV
- Phoswich Detection System (PDS)
15-300 keV. The lateral shields of the PDS are used as gamma-ray
burst monitor in the range of 60-600 keV. Eff area 600
cm2 @ 80 keV
- Wide Field Camera
(2 units) 2-30 keV with a field of view 20 deg X 20 deg. The WFC are
perpendicular to the axis of the NFI and point in opposite directions
to each other. Eff area 140 cm2.
Archive : HEASARC hosts Spectra, Lightcurves, Images and Raw data for
the MECS, LECS and PDS.
- First arc-minutes position of GRBs. Position determination
on rapid time scale
- First X-ray follow-up observations and monitoring of the GRB
- Broad band spectroscopy of different classes of X-ray sources
[BeppoSAX US Coordination Facility]
HEASARC Home |
Last modified: Thursday, 24-Sep-2020 18:07:27 EDT
The HEASARC is hiring! - Applications are now being accepted for a scientist with significant experience and interest in the technical aspects of astrophysics research, to work in the HEASARC at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD. Refer to the AAS Job register for full details.