S E. Boggs, University of California - Berkeley
J Kurfess, Naval Research Laboratory
James M. Ryan, University of New HampshireFollow
Elena Aprile, Columbia University
Neil Gehrels, Goddard Space Flight Ctr
R M. Kippen, Los Alamos National LaboratoryFollow
Marc Leising, Clemson University
U Oberlack, Rice UniversityFollow
Cornelia B. Wunderer, University of California - BerkeleyFollow
Allen Zych, University of California - Riverside
Peter F. Bloser, University of New HampshireFollow
M Harris, Centre d’Etude Spatiale des RayonnementsFollow
A Hoover, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Alexei Klimenk, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dan Kocevski, Rice University
Mark L. McConnell, University of New Hampshire - Main CampusFollow
Peter Milne, Arizona State University
E I. Novikova, Naval Research Laboratory
B F. Phlips, Naval Research LaboratoryFollow
Mark Polsen, University of California - Riverside
Steven Sturner, Goddard Space Flight Center
Derek Tournear, Los Alamos National LaboratoryFollow
G Weidenspointer, Centre d’Etude Spatiale des RayonnementsFollow
Eric Wulf, Naval Research Laboratory
A Zoglauer, University of California - BerkeleyFollow
Matthew Baring, Rice University
John Beacom, University of California - Berkeley
Lars Bildsten, University of California - Santa Barbara
Charles Dermer, Naval Research Laboratory
Dieter H. Hartman, Clemson UniversityFollow
Margarita Hernanz, IEEC-CSIC (Spain)
David Smith, University of California - Santa CruzFollow
Sumner Starrfield, University of Arizona


The Advanced Compton Telescope (ACT), the next major step in gamma-ray astronomy, will probe the fires where chemical elements are formed by enabling high-resolution spectroscopy of nuclear emission from supernova explosions. During the past two years, our collaboration has been undertaking a NASA mission concept study for ACT. This study was designed to (1) transform the key scientific objectives into specific instrument requirements, (2) to identify the most promising technologies to meet those requirements, and (3) to design a viable mission concept for this instrument. We present the results of this study, including scientific goals and expected performance, mission design, and technology recommendations.


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