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The H.E.S.S. II GRB Observation Program

Aug 4, 2015, 4:00 PM
Mississippi Foyer (World Forum)

Mississippi Foyer

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Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
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Dr Robert Parsons (Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics)


Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are some of the most energetic and exotic events in the Universe, however their behaviour at the highest energies (>10 GeV) is largely unknown. Although the Fermi-LAT space telescope has detected several GRBs in this energy range, it is limited by the relatively small collection area of the instrument. The H.E.S.S. experiment has now entered its second phase by adding a fifth telescope of 600 m$^2$ mirror area to the centre of the array. This new telescope increases the energy range of the array, allowing it to probe the sub-100 GeV range while maintaining the large collection area of ground based gamma-ray observatories, essential to probing short-term variability at these energies. We will present a description of the GRB observation scheme used by the H.E.S.S. experiment, summarising the behaviour and performance of the rapid GRB repointing system, the conditions under which potential GRB repointings are made and the data analysis scheme used for these observations.
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 559
Collaboration H.E.S.S.

Primary author

Dr Robert Parsons (Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics)


Alison Mitchell (MPI Kernphysik) Dr Arnim Balzer (Universiteit van Amsterdam) Clemens Hoischen Dr Elisabetta Bissaldi (University of Innsbruck) Dr Gavin Rowell (University of Adelaide) Dr Gerd Pühlhofer (University of Tübingen) Dr Matthias Fuessling (DESY) Prof. Paul O'Brien (University of Leicester) Dr Petter Hofverberg (Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics) Prof. Stefan Wagner (Landessternwarte Heidelberg) Dr Thomas Tam (National Tsing Hua University) Dr Wilfried Domainko (Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics)

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