The ASTRO-H mission
Author(s)Bautz, Marshall W.
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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.
DepartmentMIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
Proceedings of SPIE--the International Society for Optical Engineering
Takahashi, Tadayuki et al. “The ASTRO-H Mission.” Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray. Ed. Monique Arnaud, Stephen S. Murray, & Tadayuki Takahashi. San Diego, California, USA: SPIE, 2010. 77320Z-18. © 2010 COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical
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