School of Physics and Astronomy

Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory

SWIFT observatoryInitially designed to detect and follow-up Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs), the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory is a rapid-response mission well-placed to observe most transient sources throughout the Universe. There are three telescopes onboard: the Burst Alert Telescope (BAT), sensitive over 15-350 keV; the X-ray Telescope (XRT), covering 0.3-10 keV; and the UV/Optical Telescope (UVOT), comprising six narrow and one broad-band filter, with central wavelengths stretching from 1928 to 5468 Å.

The University of Leicester provided the key system designs for the XRT and built the low-temperature CCD focal plane camera and the Telescope Alignment Monitor. We now host the UK Swift Science Data Centre, lead the X-ray calibration work, offer unique high-level XRT products and continue to provide operation support for the mission.

Find out more about Swift in the news and our publications.

arrow-downarrow-down-3arrow-down-2arrow-down-4arrow-leftarrow-left-3arrow-left-2arrow-leftarrow-left-4arrow-rightarrow-right-3arrow-right-2arrow-right-4arrow-uparrow-up-3arrow-up-2arrow-up-4book-2bookbuildingscalendar-2calendarcirclecrosscross-2facebookfat-l-1fat-l-2filtershead-2headinstagraminstagraminstagramlinkedinlinkedinmenuMENUMenu Arrowminusminusrotator-pausec pausepinrotator-playplayc playplussearchsnapchatsnapchatthin-l-1thin-l-2ticktweettwittertwittertwitterwechatweiboweiboyoutubeyoutube