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Instrument: KONUS : Gamma Ray Burst Detector
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Spectral/Frequency Information
Wavelength Keyword: Gamma Ray
Number Channels: 2
Spectral/Frequency Coverage/Range: 10 KeV - 10 MeV

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The Gamma Ray Burst Studies investigation on WIND will perform gamma-ray burst
studies similar to the TGRS studies. It will perform event detection and will
measure time history and energy spectra. Although KONUS has a lower resolution
than TGRS, it has broader area coverage to complement that of TGRS so that,
when their data are combined, they provide coverage of the full sky. KONUS is
the first Russian instrument to fly on an American satellite since civil space
cooperation between the U.S. and Russia was resumed in 1987.
The Konus instrument consists of two Russian sensors mounted on the top and
bottom of the spacecraft aligned with the spin axis, a U.S. interface box, and
a Russian electronics package mounted in the spacecraft body. The sensors,
copies of ones successfully flown on the Soviet COSMOS, VENERA and MIR
missions, are identical and interchangeable Nal scintillation crystal detectors
of 200 cm2 area, shielded by Pb/Sn. The design and location of the two sensors
ensure practically isotropic angular sensitivity. The relative count rates
recorded by the two detectors can provide a burst source locus to within a few
degrees relative to the spin axis. On-board analysis of background and burst
events is performed by four pulse height analyzers, four time history
analyzers, two high resolution time history analyzers and a background
measurement system.

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Instrument Logistics
Instrument Start Date: 1994-11-01
Instrument Owner: NASA
Russian Space Agency