Thursday, January 18, 2007

Do SID monitors detect gamma ray bursts?

Does anybody need a student project? If so,
we have a question: can and do the SID monitors
pick up gamma ray bursts (GRB)?

Several of us think they should be able to detect
these, but nobody has actually gone
to the effort to look. Although the SID
mointors were deliberately designed to filter
out short-lived signals, many GRBs are minutes long.
Or, would our 5 second sampling rate not provide
enough coverage to distinguish a GRB from noise?

If your students can answer these questions, we would
be pleased to highlight their research on our website!

More info on GRBs and pointers to GRB catalogs can be found
in the Wikipedia entry




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