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COMPTEL telescope

COMPTEL on The Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory

The COMPTEL telescope was the middle instrument on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory. COMPTEL has been a collaborative project by the four institutes: 

The CGRO Observatory was operated by NASA/GSFC (1991- 2000). The COMPTEL telescope operations were made from the New Hampshire group of the collaboration through NASA/GSFC. Data from COMPTEL were captured by NASA and transferred to MPE for initial processing. Analysis of the data is being done by the four collaboration institutes, using the COMPASS analysis system.

The COMPTEL 9-year mission database continues to be a major resource of astronomy in the MeV energy range of gamma-rays, and will probably remain record holder for the achieved sensitivity (about 10^(-5) ph/(cm^2 s)) and for large-scale imaging for many years. Major results on MeV sources are collected in the 1st COMPTEL source catalogue
(Schönfelder et al., Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser., 143, 145-179 (2000)).

Local project documentation and utilities and collaboration-wide information sources at MPE: 

COMPTEL is described in detail in a paper by Schönfelder et al., 1993, APJS 86, p 657-692

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