The AGILE space mission

M. Tavani, G. Barbiellini, A. Argan, A. Bulgarelli, P. Caraveo, A. Chen, V. Cocco, E. Costa, G. De Paris, E. Del Monte, G. Di Cocco, I. Donnarumma, M. Feroci, M. Fiorini, T. Froysland, F. Fuschino, M. Galli, F. Gianotti, A. Giuliani, Y. EvangelistaC. Labanti, I. Lapshov, F. Lazzarotto, P. Lipari, F. Longo, M. Marisaldi, M. Mastropietro, F. Mauri, S. Mereghetti, E. Morelli, A. Morselli, L. Pacciani, A. Pellizzoni, F. Perotti, P. Picozza, C. Pontoni, G. Porrovecchio, M. Prest, G. Pucella, M. Rapisarda, E. Rossi, A. Rubini, P. Soffitta, M. Trifoglio, A. Trois, E. Vallazza, S. Vercellone, A. Zambra, D. Zanello, P. Giommi, A. Antonelli, C. Pittori

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AGILE is an Italian Space Agency mission dedicated to the exploration of the gamma-ray Universe. The AGILE, very innovative instrument, combines for the first time a gamma-ray imager (sensitive in the range 30 MeV-50 GeV) and a hard X-ray imager (sensitive in the range 18-60 keV). An optimal angular resolution and very large fields of view are obtained by the use of state-of-the-art Silicon detectors integrated in a very compact instrument. AGILE was successfully launched on April 23, 2007 from the Indian base of Sriharikota and was inserted in an optimal low-particle background equatorial orbit. AGILE will provide crucial data for the study of Active Galactic Nuclei, Gamma-Ray Bursts, unidentified gamma-ray sources, galactic compact objects, supernova remnants, TeV sources, and fundamental physics by microsecond timing. The AGILE Cycle-1 pointing program started on 2007 December 1, and is open to the international community through a Guest Observer Program. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52 - 62
Number of pages11
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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