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The ASTRO-H Mission

ContributorsASTRO-H Collaborations
Published inSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, Editors Monique, A. & Murray, S. S. & Takahashi, T., p. 18
Presented at San Diego (California), 27th June 2010
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Collection
  • SPIE Proceedings; 7732
Publication date2010
Abstract

The joint JAXA/NASA ASTRO-H mission is the sixth in a series of highly successful X-ray missions initiated by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS). ASTRO-H will investigate the physics of the high-energy universe by performing high-resolution, high-throughput spectroscopy with moderate angular resolution. ASTRO-H covers very wide energy range from 0.3 keV to 600 keV. ASTRO-H allows a combination of wide band X-ray spectroscopy (5-80 keV) provided by multilayer coating, focusing hard X-ray mirrors and hard X-ray imaging detectors, and high energy-resolution soft X-ray spectroscopy (0.3-12 keV) provided by thin-foil X-ray optics and a micro-calorimeter array. The mission will also carry an X-ray CCD camera as a focal plane detector for a soft X-ray telescope (0.4-12 keV) and a non-focusing soft gamma-ray detector (40-600 keV) . The micro-calorimeter system is developed by an international collaboration led by ISAS/JAXA and NASA. The simultaneous broad bandpass, coupled with high spectral resolution of ΔE ~7 eV provided by the micro-calorimeter will enable a wide variety of important science themes to be pursued.

Keywords
  • CCD cameras
  • Coating
  • Hard x-rays
  • Mirrors
  • Multilayers
  • Physics
  • Sensors
  • Spatial resolution
  • Spectral resolution
  • Spectroscopy
Citation (ISO format)
ASTRO-H Collaborations. The ASTRO-H Mission. In: Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray. San Diego (California). [s.l.] : Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), 2010. p. 18. (SPIE Proceedings) doi: 10.1117/12.857875
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