17-19 October 2018
Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati INFN
Europe/Rome timezone

The HERMES project

19 Oct 2018, 15:30
Aula Salvini (Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati INFN)

Aula Salvini

Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati INFN

Via E. Fermi 40 00044 Frascati (RM)


Riccardo Campana (BO)


HERMES (High Energy Rapid Modular Ensemble of Satellites) is a mission concept to probe the emission of bright high-energy transients based on a constellation of nano-satellites in low Earth orbit, hosting fast, modular and broadband X and ?-ray detectors, composed of Silicon Drift Detectors coupled to scintillator crystals. HERMES main scientific objective is the prompt localisation of bright hard X-ray/soft ?-ray transients such as Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), that are also among the likely electromagnetic counterparts of the gravitational wave events (GW) discovered by LIGO/VIRGO. The signals detected by the different units can be combined together to largely increase the total collecting area and thus improving the statistics. In this talk a brief overview of the scientific objectives of the project will be given, and the innovative technological solutions foreseen for the detector and its electronics will be discussed, having to face particular constraints in terms of sensitivity, power consumption, volume and mass.

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