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Title: Hitomi (ASTRO-H) X-ray Astronomy Satellite

Abstract

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. Finally, 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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Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
Contributing Org.:
Hitomi (ASTRO-H) Collaboration
OSTI Identifier:
1463906
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 02; Journal ID: ISSN 2329-4124
Publisher:
SPIE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; Sensors; X-ray astronomy; Physics; Satellites; X-rays; Space operations; Aerospace engineering

Citation Formats

Takahashi, Tadayuki, Kokubun, Motohide, Mitsuda, Kazuhisa, Kelley, Richard L., Ohashi, Takaya, Aharonian, Felix, Akamatsu, Hiroki, Akimoto, Fumie, Allen, Steven W., Anabuki, Naohisa, Angelini, Lorella, Arnaud, Keith, Asai, Makoto, Audard, Marc, Awaki, Hisamitsu, Axelsson, Magnus, Azzarello, Philipp, Baluta, Chris, Bamba, Aya, Bando, Nobutaka, Bautz, Marshall W., Bialas, Thomas, Blandford, Roger, Boyce, Kevin, Brenneman, Laura W., Brown, Gregory V., Bulbul, Esra, Cackett, Edward M., Canavan, Edgar, and Chernyakova, Maria. Hitomi (ASTRO-H) X-ray Astronomy Satellite. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1117/1.jatis.4.2.021402.
Takahashi, Tadayuki, Kokubun, Motohide, Mitsuda, Kazuhisa, Kelley, Richard L., Ohashi, Takaya, Aharonian, Felix, Akamatsu, Hiroki, Akimoto, Fumie, Allen, Steven W., Anabuki, Naohisa, Angelini, Lorella, Arnaud, Keith, Asai, Makoto, Audard, Marc, Awaki, Hisamitsu, Axelsson, Magnus, Azzarello, Philipp, Baluta, Chris, Bamba, Aya, Bando, Nobutaka, Bautz, Marshall W., Bialas, Thomas, Blandford, Roger, Boyce, Kevin, Brenneman, Laura W., Brown, Gregory V., Bulbul, Esra, Cackett, Edward M., Canavan, Edgar, & Chernyakova, Maria. Hitomi (ASTRO-H) X-ray Astronomy Satellite. United States. doi:10.1117/1.jatis.4.2.021402.
Takahashi, Tadayuki, Kokubun, Motohide, Mitsuda, Kazuhisa, Kelley, Richard L., Ohashi, Takaya, Aharonian, Felix, Akamatsu, Hiroki, Akimoto, Fumie, Allen, Steven W., Anabuki, Naohisa, Angelini, Lorella, Arnaud, Keith, Asai, Makoto, Audard, Marc, Awaki, Hisamitsu, Axelsson, Magnus, Azzarello, Philipp, Baluta, Chris, Bamba, Aya, Bando, Nobutaka, Bautz, Marshall W., Bialas, Thomas, Blandford, Roger, Boyce, Kevin, Brenneman, Laura W., Brown, Gregory V., Bulbul, Esra, Cackett, Edward M., Canavan, Edgar, and Chernyakova, Maria. Tue . "Hitomi (ASTRO-H) X-ray Astronomy Satellite". United States. doi:10.1117/1.jatis.4.2.021402. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1463906.
@article{osti_1463906,
title = {Hitomi (ASTRO-H) X-ray Astronomy Satellite},
author = {Takahashi, Tadayuki and Kokubun, Motohide and Mitsuda, Kazuhisa and Kelley, Richard L. and Ohashi, Takaya and Aharonian, Felix and Akamatsu, Hiroki and Akimoto, Fumie and Allen, Steven W. and Anabuki, Naohisa and Angelini, Lorella and Arnaud, Keith and Asai, Makoto and Audard, Marc and Awaki, Hisamitsu and Axelsson, Magnus and Azzarello, Philipp and Baluta, Chris and Bamba, Aya and Bando, Nobutaka and Bautz, Marshall W. and Bialas, Thomas and Blandford, Roger and Boyce, Kevin and Brenneman, Laura W. and Brown, Gregory V. and Bulbul, Esra and Cackett, Edward M. and Canavan, Edgar and Chernyakova, Maria},
abstractNote = {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. Finally, 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.},
doi = {10.1117/1.jatis.4.2.021402},
journal = {Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems},
issn = {2329-4124},
number = 02,
volume = 4,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {3}
}

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