The advanced compton telescope mission

C. B. Wunderer, S. E. Boggs, J. Kurfess, J. M. Ryan, E. Aprile, N. Gehrels, R. M. Kippen, M. Leising, U. Oberlack, A. Zych, M. Baring, J. Beacom, L. Bildsten, P. F. Bloser, C. Dermer, M. Harris, D. H. Hartmann, M. Hernanz, A. Hoover, A. KlimenkoD. Kocevski, M. L. McConnell, P. Milne, E. I. Novikova, B. Phlips, M. Polsen, D. M. Smith, S. Starrfield, S. Sturner, D. Tournear, G. Weidenspointner, E. Wulf, A. Zoglauer

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The Advanced Compton Telescope (ACT) has been identified as the next major step in gamma-ray astronomy. It will probe the nuclear fires creating the chemical elements by enabling high resolution spectroscopy of nuclear emission from supernova explosions. During me past two years, our collaboration has been undertaking a NASA mission concept study for ACT1. This study was designed to (1 ) transform the key scientific objectives into specific instrument requirements, (2) to identify the most promising technologies to meet those requirements, and (3) to design a viable mission concept for this instrument. We present the results of this study, including scientific goals and expected performance, mission design, and technology recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-652
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number622 SP
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Event6th Integral Workshop - The Obscured Universe - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: Jul 2 2006Jul 8 2006


  • ACT
  • Compton telescope
  • Nucleosynthesis
  • Supernova Ia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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