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Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes in the BeppoSAX data archive

A. Ursi
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C. Guidorzi
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M. Marisaldi
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F. Frontera
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Abstract

Up to now, Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) have been mostly observed by instruments on-board satellites devoted to astrophysics: after the discovery by the BATSE/CGRO experiment in the early 90's, this elusive phenomenon has been further detected by RHESSI, by the AGILE satellite and by the Fermi space telescope. The Italian/Dutch satellite BeppoSAX (1996-2002) was one of the most important high-energy astrophysics missions, especially for what concerns the field of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs). Its payload housed the Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GRBM), a segmented detector that could, in principle, have observed TGFs as well. Motivated by this possibility, we carried out, for the first time, a systematic search for TGFs in the BeppoSAX data archive, ending up with a sample of 12 TGF candidates. Among them, we also found a peculiar event, whose light curve characteristics may represent the signature of a mirrored Terrestrial Electron Beam (TEB).
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insu-03677015 , version 1 (24-05-2022)

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A. Ursi, C. Guidorzi, M. Marisaldi, D. Sarria, F. Frontera. Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes in the BeppoSAX data archive. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 2017, 156, pp.50-56. ⟨10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.014⟩. ⟨insu-03677015⟩
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