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



Friday, January 05, 2007

Send your SID data to Stanford

For those of you who are not yet delivering your SID data
to Stanford, it is easy to set up. To transfer your data,
all you need do is set up the "sidsend.bat" script which
was included with your distribution. This script itself
contains information on eanbling it.

Some early distributions did not receive this script, and
some early versions of the sidmon.exe code do not work
with the script. If in doubt, the newest versions of both are
available at:
dated 29 Nov 06
dated 3 Oct 06