Swift gamma-ray burst mission
Cominsky, Lynn Department of Physics and Astronomy, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California.
- Coordination with ground-based telescopes
- GRB characteristics
- GRB discoveries in the Swift era
- Non-GRB science with Swift
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The Swift gamma-ray burst (GRB) satellite was launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) into low-Earth orbit on November 20, 2004. Swift's primary scientific objectives are to study gamma-ray bursts, brief cosmic blasts of very high energy electromagnetic radiation, and their afterglows, longer-lasting emissions in x-ray, ultraviolet, and visible light, which are produced by the cooling embers from the initial explosion. Swift's unique design features three different telescopes on board: the Burst Alert Telescope (BAT), the X-ray Telescope (XRT), and the Ultraviolet-Optical Telescope (UVOT) [Fig. 1].
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