The ASTRO-H (Hitomi) x-ray astronomy satellite

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dc.creator Takahashi, Tadayuki
dc.creator Kokubun, Motohide
dc.creator Mitsuda, Kazuhisa
dc.creator Kelley, Richard
dc.creator Ohashi, Takaya
dc.creator Aharonian, Felix
dc.creator Akamatsu, Hiroki
dc.creator Akimoto, Fumie
dc.creator Allen, Steve
dc.creator Anabuki, Naohisa
dc.creator Gallo, Luigi C.
dc.creator Wilkins, D. R. 2018-06-13T12:54:02Z 2018-06-13T12:54:02Z 2016
dc.identifier.issn 0277-786X
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dc.description.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 2016 February 17, the spacecraft lost its function on 2016 March 26, but the commissioning phase for about a month provided valuable information on the on-board 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. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher SPIE International Society for Optical Engineering en_CA
dc.subject.lcsh X-ray astronomy
dc.subject.lcsh Gamma ray astronomy
dc.title The ASTRO-H (Hitomi) x-ray astronomy satellite en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
dcterms.bibliographicCitation Proceedings of SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99050U (20 July 2016) en_CA

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