First results of a study of TeV emission from GRBs in Milagrito

Type Conference Paper
Names R. S. Miller, R. Atkins, W. Benbow, D. Berley, M. L. Chen, D. G. Coyne, B. L. Dingus, D. E. Dorfan, R. W. Ellsworth, D. Evans, A. Falcone, L. Fleysher, R. Fleysher, G. Gisler, J. A. Goodman, T. J. Haines, C. M. Hoffman, S. Hugenberger, L. A. Kelley,
Proceedings Title AIP Conference Proceedings
Volume 510
Pages 543-547
Date April 1, 2000
DOI 10.1063/1.1303263
ISBN 0094-243X
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Abstract Milagrito, a detector sensitive to γ-rays at TeV energies, monitored the northern sky during the period February 1997 through May 1998. With a large field of view and high duty cycle, this instrument was used to perform a search for TeV counterparts to γ-rays bursts. Within the Milagrito field of view 54 γ-ray bursts at keV energies were observed by the Burst And Transient Satellite Experiment (BATSE) aboard the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory. This paper describes the results of a preliminary analysis to search for TeV emission correlated with BATSE detected bursts. Milagrito detected an excess of events coincident both spatially and temporally with GRB 970417a, with chance probability 2.8×10-5 within the BATSE error radius. No other significant correlations were detected. Since 54 bursts were examined the chance probability of observing an excess with this significance in any of these bursts is 1.5×10-3. The statistical aspects and physical implications of this result are discussed. .
Tags X- and gamma-ray telescopes and instrumentation, gamma-ray, gamma-ray bursts, gamma-ray sources
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