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The INTEGRAL mission an overview


The ESA observatory INTEGRAL (International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory) is dedicated to fine imaging and spectroscopy in the energy range 15 keV to 10 Mev with concurrent X-ray (3-35 keV) and optical monitoring. It was launched on October 17, 2002 and has been succesfully operating ever since. Its two main instruments the spectrometer SPI - optimized for high resolution spectroscopy - and the imager IBIS - optimized for for high resolution imaging - are complemented by the X-ray monitor JEM-X and the optical monitor OMC. All the high energy instruments use coded mask techniques, allowing imaging in the gamma-ray range and combining wide fields of view with high spatial resolution. The presentation gives an overview of the unique properties of INTEGRAL.

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in2p3-00183956 , version 1 (30-10-2007)



P. Kretschmar, C. Winkler, T. J.-L. Courvoisier, G. Di Cocco, R. Diehl, et al.. The INTEGRAL mission an overview. Populations of High Energy Sources in Galaxies, Aug 2005, Dublin, Ireland. pp.59-65, ⟨10.1017/S1743921306007873⟩. ⟨in2p3-00183956⟩
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