Regular ArticleLimits on Hard X-Ray Emission from the Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 Impact on Jupiter
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AbstractData from the burst and transient source experiment (BATSE) onboard the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (CGRO) have been used to set upper limits on emission in the 20–1800 keV energy range from the collision of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 with Jupiter. For an impulsive event of 1 sec duration we place a 4 sigma upper limit on the equivalent isotropic energy release of 5 × 1020ergs in the 20–50 keV energy band. The upper limit on steady emission observed during the week of the collision is 2 × 1019erg/sec (20–50 keV). We discuss the implications of these observations for impact effects on the jovian atmosphere.

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