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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 138, 553-555

Present and future gamma-ray burst experiments

K. Hurley

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University of California at Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720-7450, U.S.A.

Received 21 January; accepted April 3, 1999


Gamma-ray burst counterpart studies require small, prompt error boxes. Today, there are several missions which can provide them: BeppoSAX, the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, and the 3rd Interplanetary Network. In the near future, HETE-II, a possible extended Interplanetary Network, and INTEGRAL will operate in this capacity. In the longer term future, a dedicated gamma-ray burst MIDEX mission may fly. The capabilities of these missions are reviewed, comparing the number of bursts, the rapidity of the localizations, and the error box sizes.

Key words: instrumentation: detectors -- space vehicles -- gamma-rays: bursts

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