Vol 6, No S1

Gamma-ray Astrophysics with the Space Detector AGILE

C. Pittori, M. Tavani, (on behalf ofthe AGILE Team)


Abstract AGILE is a Scientific Mission of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) with INFN, IASF/INAF e CIFS participation devoted to γ-ray astrophysics. It is a first and unique combination of a γ-ray and an X-ray imager, and it will simultaneously detect and image photons in the 30 MeV-30 GeV and in the 15–45 keV energy ranges. The launch is planned at the beginning of 2006 with the Indian launcher PSLV, and it will be the only space mission entirely dedicated to γ-ray astrophysics above 30 MeV during the period 2006–2007. Primary scientific goals include the study of AGNs, GRBs, pulsars, galactic sources, unidentified γ-ray sources, diffuse galactic and extragalactic emission, high-precision timing studies, and fundamental physics. The AGILE Science Program will be focused on a prompt response to γ-ray transients and alert for follow-up multiwavelength observations. Part of the AGILE Science Program will be open for Guest Investigations on a competitive basis.



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