Gamma-ray burst investigation via polarimetry and spectroscopy (GRIPS)

J. Greiner, A. Iyudin, G. Kanbach, A. Zoglauer, R. Diehl, F. Ryde, D. Hartmann, A. V. Kienlin, S. McBreen, M. Ajello, Z. Bagoly, L. G. Balasz, G. Barbiellini, R. Bellazini, L. Bezrukov, D. V. Bisikalo, G. Bisnovaty-Kogan, S. Boggs, A. Bykov, A. M. CherepashukA. Chernenko, W. Collmar, G. Dicocco, W. Dröge, M. Gierlik, L. Hanlon, I. Horvath, R. Hudec, J. Kiener, C. Labanti, N. Langer, S. Larsson, G. Lichti, V. M. Lipunov, B. K. Lubsandorgiev, A. Majczyna, K. Mannheim, R. Marcinkowski, M. Marisaldi, B. McBreen, A. Meszaros, E. Orlando, M. I. Panasyuk, M. Pearce, E. Pian, R. V. Poleschuk, A. Pollo, A. Pozanenko, S. Savaglio, B. Shustov, A. Strong, S. Svertilov, V. Tatischeff, J. Uvarov, D. A. Varshalovich, C. B. Wunderer, G. Wrochna, A. G. Zabrodskij, L. M. Zeleny

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The primary scientific goal of the GRIPS mission is to revolutionize our understanding of the early universe using γ-ray bursts. We propose a new generation gamma-ray observatory capable of unprecedented spectroscopy over a wide range of γ-ray energies (200 keV-50 MeV) and of polarimetry (200-1000 keV). The γ-ray sensitivity to nuclear absorption features enables the measurement of column densities as high as 1028cm ∈-∈2. Secondary goals achievable by this mission include direct measurements of all types of supernova interiors through γ-rays from radioactive decays, nuclear astrophysics with massive stars and novae, and studies of particle acceleration near compact stars, interstellar shocks, and clusters of galaxies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-120
Number of pages30
JournalExperimental Astronomy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2009



  • Compton and Pair creation telescope
  • Early universe
  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Nucleosynthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Greiner, J., Iyudin, A., Kanbach, G., Zoglauer, A., Diehl, R., Ryde, F., Hartmann, D., Kienlin, A. V., McBreen, S., Ajello, M., Bagoly, Z., Balasz, L. G., Barbiellini, G., Bellazini, R., Bezrukov, L., Bisikalo, D. V., Bisnovaty-Kogan, G., Boggs, S., Bykov, A., ... Zeleny, L. M. (2009). Gamma-ray burst investigation via polarimetry and spectroscopy (GRIPS). Experimental Astronomy, 23(1), 91-120.