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Hitomi (ASTRO-H) X-ray Astronomy Satellite
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmo Particle Physics (OKC).
Number of Authors: 2702018 (English)In: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes Instruments and Systems, ISSN 2329-4124, Vol. 4, no 2, article id 021402Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission is the sixth Japanese x-ray astronomy satellite developed by a large international collaboration, including Japan, USA, Canada, and Europe. The mission aimed to provide the highest energy resolution ever achieved at E > 2 keV, using a microcalorimeter instrument, and to cover a wide energy range spanning four decades in energy from soft x-rays to gamma rays. After a successful launch on February 17, 2016, the spacecraft lost its function on March 26, 2016, but the commissioning phase for about a month provided valuable information on the onboard instruments and the spacecraft system, including astrophysical results obtained from first light observations. The paper describes the Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission, its capabilities, the initial operation, and the instruments/spacecraft performances confirmed during the commissioning operations for about a month.

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2018. Vol. 4, no 2, article id 021402
Keywords [en]
x-ray, hard x-ray, gamma ray, x-ray astronomy, gamma-ray astronomy, microcalorimeter
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Mechanical Engineering Other Engineering and Technologies Physical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-159175DOI: 10.1117/1.JATIS.4.2.021402ISI: 000439235200002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-159175DiVA, id: diva2:1241589
Available from: 2018-08-24 Created: 2018-08-24 Last updated: 2018-08-24Bibliographically approved

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