Agile and the gamma-ray bursts

M. Tavani, A. Argan, G. Barbiellini, A. Bulgarelli, P. Cattaneo, P. Caraveo, A. Chen, E. Costa, G. De Paris, E. Del Monte, G. Di Cocco, I. Donnarumma, Y. Evangelista, M. Feroci, F. Fuschino, M. Galli, F. Gianotti, A. Giuliani, C. Labanti, I. LapshovF. Lazzarotto, P. Lipari, F. Longo, M. Marisaldi, S. Mereghetti, A. Morselli, A. Pellizzoni, F. Perotti, P. Picozza, M. Prest, G. Pucella, M. Rapisarda, P. Soffitta, M. Trifoglio, A. Trois, E. Vallazza, S. Vercellone, V. Vittorini, A. Zambra, P. Giommi, C. Pittori, B. Preger, F. Verrecchia, L.A. Antonelli, L. Salotti

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

1 Citation (Scopus)


AGILE is an ASI high-energy astrophysics mission dedicated to the observation of the Universe. The satellite was successfully launched on April 23, 2007 to a quasi equatorial low-background orbit. The AGILE instrument is very compact and light (∼100kg): a gamma-ray imager (sensitive in the energy band 30 MeV-50 GeV) is the central part of the instrument that includes also a light hard X-ray imager (18-60 keV) positioned on top of the instrument, and an omnidirectional Calorimeter (350 keV-100 MeV). AGILE is aimed at the study of the most energetic phenomena of our Universe including AGNs, GRBs, Galactic sources and transients. For the first time in gamma-ray astrophysics, AGILE reaches a field of view of about 3 sr with excellent angular resolution and good sensitivity. The unique combination of a hard X-ray imager and a gamma-ray imager is ideal for GRB and transient studies that constitute a crucial part of the AGILE scientific program. We summarize here the main characteristics of the GRB broad-band detection system on board of the AGILE satellite and report on some early GRB detections. © 2008 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventSanta Fe Conference on Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007, GRB 2007 - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


ConferenceSanta Fe Conference on Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007, GRB 2007
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/08 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

Cite this

Tavani, M., Argan, A., Barbiellini, G., Bulgarelli, A., Cattaneo, P., Caraveo, P., ... Salotti, L. (2008). Agile and the gamma-ray bursts. Paper presented at Santa Fe Conference on Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007, GRB 2007, United States.