FIRST RESULTS FROM FERMI GAMMA-RAY BURST MONITOR EARTH OCCULTATION MONITORING: OBSERVATIONS OF SOFT GAMMA-RAY SOURCES ABOVE 100 keV


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Case G. L. , Cherry M. L. , Wilson-Hodge C. A. , Camero-Arranz A., Rodi J. C. , Chaplin V., ...Daha Fazla

ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, cilt.729, 2011 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

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The NaI and BGO detectors on the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) on Fermi are now being used for long-term monitoring of the hard X-ray/low-energy gamma-ray sky. Using the Earth occultation technique as demonstrated previously by the BATSE instrument on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory, GBM can be used to produce multiband light curves and spectra for known sources and transient outbursts in the 8 keV to 1 MeV energy range with its NaI detectors and up to 40 MeV with its BGO detectors. Over 85% of the sky is viewed every orbit, and the precession of the Fermi orbit allows the entire sky to be viewed every similar to 26 days with sensitivity exceeding that of BATSE at energies below similar to 25 keV and above similar to 1.5 MeV. We briefly describe the technique and present preliminary results using the NaI detectors after the first two years of observations at energies above 100 keV. Eight sources are detected with a significance greater than 7 sigma: the Crab, Cyg X-1, SWIFT J1753.5-0127, 1E 1740-29, Cen A, GRS 1915+105, and the transient sources XTE J1752-223 and GX 339-4. Two of the sources, the Crab and Cyg X-1, have also been detected above 300 keV.