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Paper: The Capabilities of the GLAST LAT for Studies of Blazar Variability
Volume: 350, Blazar Variability Workshop II: Entering the GLAST Era
Page: 229
Authors: McEnery, J.
Abstract: One of the more notable features of the Large Area Telescope (LAT) on GLAST is its extremely large field of view, which covers more than 20% of the sky at any instant. In survey mode the LAT will be rocked about the orbital plane to provide coverage of the entire α-ray sky above 20 MeV every three hours. This will be the default observing mode for the first year of operations and is likely to be the dominant observing mode throughout the rest of the mission. Thus the LAT will provide long, evenly sampled, γ-ray lightcurves for a large number of sources. In this paper we describe the nature and quality of the data that will be provided by the LAT and use simulated lightcurves to illustrate some of the scientific questions that can be addressed with LAT observations.
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