Up to now, Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) have been mostly observed by instruments on-board satellites devoted to astrophysics: after the discovery by the BATSE/CGRO experiment in the early 90's, this elusive phenomenon has been further detected by RHESSI, by the AGILE satellite and by the Fermi space telescope. The Italian/Dutch satellite BeppoSAX (1996–2002) was one of the most important high-energy astrophysics missions, especially for what concerns the field of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs). Its payload housed the Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GRBM), a segmented detector that could, in principle, have observed TGFs as well. Motivated by this possibility, we carried out, for the first time, a systematic search for TGFs in the BeppoSAX data archive, ending up with a sample of 12 TGF candidates. Among them, we also found a peculiar event, whose light curve characteristics may represent the signature of a mirrored Terrestrial Electron Beam (TEB).

Terrestrial gamma-ray fashes in the BeppoSAX data archive

GUIDORZI, Cristiano;FRONTERA, Filippo
2017

Abstract

Up to now, Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) have been mostly observed by instruments on-board satellites devoted to astrophysics: after the discovery by the BATSE/CGRO experiment in the early 90's, this elusive phenomenon has been further detected by RHESSI, by the AGILE satellite and by the Fermi space telescope. The Italian/Dutch satellite BeppoSAX (1996–2002) was one of the most important high-energy astrophysics missions, especially for what concerns the field of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs). Its payload housed the Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GRBM), a segmented detector that could, in principle, have observed TGFs as well. Motivated by this possibility, we carried out, for the first time, a systematic search for TGFs in the BeppoSAX data archive, ending up with a sample of 12 TGF candidates. Among them, we also found a peculiar event, whose light curve characteristics may represent the signature of a mirrored Terrestrial Electron Beam (TEB).
Ursi, A.; Guidorzi, Cristiano; Marisaldi, M.; Sarria, D.; Frontera, Filippo
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