One of the scientific objectives of NASA’s Fermi Gamma‐ray Space Telescope is the study of Gamma‐Ray Bursts (GRBs). The Fermi Gamma‐Ray Burst Monitor (GBM) was designed to detect and localize bursts for the Fermi mission. By means of an array of 12 NaI(Tl) (8 keV to 1 MeV) and two BGO (0.2 to 40 MeV) scintillation detectors, GBM extends the energy range (20 MeV to >300 GeV ) of Fermi’s main instrument, the Large Area Telescope (LAT), into the traditional range of current GRB databases. The physical detector response of the GBM instrument to GRBs is determined with the help of Monte Carlo simulations, which are supported and verified by on‐ground individual detector calibration measurements. We present the principal instrument properties, which have been determined as a function of energy and angle, including the channel‐energy relation, the energy resolution and the effective area.

Fermi GBM: Main detector‐level calibration results

BISSALDI, ELISABETTA;
2009-01-01

Abstract

One of the scientific objectives of NASA’s Fermi Gamma‐ray Space Telescope is the study of Gamma‐Ray Bursts (GRBs). The Fermi Gamma‐Ray Burst Monitor (GBM) was designed to detect and localize bursts for the Fermi mission. By means of an array of 12 NaI(Tl) (8 keV to 1 MeV) and two BGO (0.2 to 40 MeV) scintillation detectors, GBM extends the energy range (20 MeV to >300 GeV ) of Fermi’s main instrument, the Large Area Telescope (LAT), into the traditional range of current GRB databases. The physical detector response of the GBM instrument to GRBs is determined with the help of Monte Carlo simulations, which are supported and verified by on‐ground individual detector calibration measurements. We present the principal instrument properties, which have been determined as a function of energy and angle, including the channel‐energy relation, the energy resolution and the effective area.
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