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Detection of terrestrial gamma ray flashes up to 40 MeV by the AGILE satellite
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2010 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research, ISSN 0148-0227, E-ISSN 2156-2202, Vol. 115, no 3, A00E13- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We report the detection by the Astrorivelatore Gamma a Immagini Leggero (AGILE) satellite of terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs) obtained with the minicalorimeter (MCAL) detector operating in the energy range 0.3-100 MeV. We select events typically lasting a few milliseconds with spectral and directional selections consistent with the TGF characteristics previously reported by other space missions. During the period 1 June 2008 to 31 March 2009 we detect 34 high-confidence events showing millisecond durations and a geographical distribution peaked over continental Africa and Southeast Asia. For the first time, AGILE-MCAL detects photons associated with TGF events up to 40 MeV. We determine the cumulative spectral properties of the spectrum in the range 0.5-40 MeV, which can be effectively described by a Bremsstrahlung spectrum. We find that both the TGF cumulative spectral properties and their geographical distribution are in good agreement with the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) results.

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2010. Vol. 115, no 3, A00E13- p.
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Atmospheric Processes: Atmospheric electricity, Solar Physics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy: X-rays, gamma rays, and neutrinos, Atmospheric Processes: Instruments and techniques, Space Plasma Physics: Charged particle motion and acceleration
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-85814DOI: 10.1029/2009JA014502ISI: 000275321000002OAI: diva2:500442
QC 20120228Available from: 2012-02-13 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-02-28Bibliographically approved

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