The advanced compton telescope

Steven Boggs, James Kurfess, James Ryan, Elena Aprile, Neu Gehrels, Marc Kippen, Mark Leising, Uwe Oberlack, Cornelia Wunderer, Allen Zych, Peter Bloser, Michael Harris, Andrew Hoover, Alexei Klimenk, Dan Kocevski, Mark McConnell, Peter Milne, Elena I. Novikova, Bernard Phlips, Mark PolsenSteven Sturner, Derek Tournear, Georg Weidenspointner, Eric Wulf, Andreas Zoglauer, Matthew Baring, John Beacom, Lars Bildsten, Charles Dermer, Dieter Hartmann, Marearita Hernanz, David Smith, Sumner Starrfield

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

7 Scopus citations


The Advanced Compton Telescope (ACT), the next major step in gamma-ray astronomy, will probe the fires where chemical elements are formed by enabling high-resolution spectroscopy of nuclear emission from supernova explosions. During the past two years, our collaboration has been undertaking a NASA mission concept study for ACT. 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)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation II
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
StatePublished - 2006
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 24 2006May 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6266 II
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Gamma-ray astronomy
  • Gamma-ray imaging
  • Gamma-ray spectrometry
  • High energy astrophysics
  • Satellite missions
  • X-ray/gamma-ray detectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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