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Development of the hard x-ray detector for the ASTRO-E mission
Author(s): Hidehiro Kaneda; Hajime Ezawa; Masaharu Hirayama; Tuneyoshi Kamae; Hidetoshi Kubo; Keiichi Matsuzaki; Kazuo Makishima; Takanori Ohtsuka; Yoshitaka Saito; Yutaro Sekimoto; Tadayuki Takahashi; Takayuki Tamura; Makoto Tashiro; Naohiko Tsuchida; Toshio Murakami; Mutsumi Sugizaki; Hirokazu Ikeda; Kiwamu Tsukada; Masaharu Nomachi; Shuichi Gunji; Satoshi Miyazaki; Tadahisa Tamura; Noriko Y. Yamasaki; Atsumasa Yoshida
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Paper Abstract

The ASTRO-E satellite is scheduled for launch in 2000 by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS). In this paper the design and performance of the hard x ray detector (HXD) developed for ASTRO-E are described. The HXD is a combination of YAP/BGO phoswich scintillators and silicon PIN diodes covering a wide energy band of 10 - 700 keV. The detector background is reduced down to several times 10-6c/s/cm2/keV, and the sensitivity of the HXD is more than one order of magnitude higher than any other past missions in the range of a few 10 keV to several 100 keV. Thus ASTRO-E HXD is expected to achieve an extreme high performance for detecting cosmic hard x rays and low-energy gamma rays. Astrophysics to be explored with the HXT are expected to be extremely widespread and rich.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2518, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, (1 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.218407
Show Author Affiliations
Hidehiro Kaneda, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Hajime Ezawa, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Masaharu Hirayama, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Tuneyoshi Kamae, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Hidetoshi Kubo, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Keiichi Matsuzaki, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Kazuo Makishima, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Takanori Ohtsuka, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Yoshitaka Saito, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Yutaro Sekimoto, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Tadayuki Takahashi, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Takayuki Tamura, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Makoto Tashiro, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Naohiko Tsuchida, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Toshio Murakami, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Mutsumi Sugizaki, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Hirokazu Ikeda, National Lab. for High Energy Physics (Japan)
Kiwamu Tsukada, National Lab. for High Energy Physics (Japan)
Masaharu Nomachi, National Lab. for High Energy Physics (Japan)
Shuichi Gunji, Yamagata Univ. (Japan)
Satoshi Miyazaki, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
Tadahisa Tamura, Kanagawa Univ. (Japan)
Noriko Y. Yamasaki, Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. (Japan)
Atsumasa Yoshida, RIKEN--The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2518:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; John V. Vallerga, Editor(s)

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