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Paper: The Interplanetary Gamma-Ray Burst Network in 2002-3
Volume: 312, Third Rome Workshop on Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Afterglow Era
Page: 517
Authors: Cline, T.L.; Barthelmy, S.D.; Hurley, K.C.; Anfimov, D.; Mitrofanov, I.; Golenetskii, S.; Mazets, E.; Crew, G.; Ricker, G.; Atteia, J.-L.
Abstract: The interplanetary gamma-ray burst network (IPN) has been reconstituted with the successful addition of the Mars Odyssey mission, compensating for the loss in 2001 of the NEAR mission at the asteroid Eros. The interplanetary array now consists of Ulysses at 5-6 AU, Odyssey in Martian orbit, and GGS-Wind beyond the moon, augmented with HETE-2, RHESSI and INTEGRAL in Earth orbit. This IPN, with its several-arc-minute localization accuracy, is enabling a continuing supply of GRB sources for counterpart searches and afterglow studies. In addition, the IPN, as it has with BeppoSAX, assisted the GRB checkouts of HETE-2, RHESSI, and INTEGRAL with confirming localizations. Other transients have also been observed, including several SGRs and a source that is neither a GRB nor an SGRS. The high (up to 9/month) rate of precise but delayed IPN localizations complements the less frequent but more prompt HETE-2 and INTEGRAL localizations. This IPN is expected to operate until at least 2004, hopefully until well after the launch of the Swift mission.
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