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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 138, 561-562

The BeppoSAX sub-second bursts project

M.J.S. Smith1,2 - G. Gandolfi1 - G. Celidonio1 - A. Coletta1 - G. D'Andreta1 - L. Di Ciolo1 - A. Paolino1 - R. Ricci1 - G. Tarei1 - A. Tesseri1 - V. Torroni1 - E. Costa4 - M. Feroci4 - F. Frontera3 - J. Heise2 - J.M. Muller2,5 - L. Piro4

1 - BeppoSAX Scientific Operation Centre, Telespazio s.p.a., Via Corcolle 19, 00131 Roma, Italy
2 - Space Research Organization Netherlands, Sorbonnelaan 2, 3584 TA Utrecht, The Netherlands
3 - Istituto di Tecnologie e Studio delle Radiazioni Extraterrestri (CNR), Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
4 - Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (CNR), Area Ricerca Roma Tor Vergata, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere, 00133 Roma, Italy
5 - BeppoSAX Science Data Centre, Telespazio s.p.a., Via Corcolle 19, 00131 Roma, Italy

Received January 21; accepted June 22, 1999


Sub-second GRBs have been identified as a separate class of gamma ray transients. However, despite recent advances in the field, sub-second GRB counterparts have yet to be found successfully. In order to explore the nature of these fast transients an on-line procedure is to be implemented at the BeppoSAX Scientific Operation Centre. The main objectives are the identification of true events and rapid position determination of their X-ray counterparts.

Key words: gamma-rays: bursts

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