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Solid state slit camera (SSC) of the MAXI mission for JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) on the International Space Station (ISS)
Author(s): Hiroshi Tomida; Masaru Matsuoka; Ken'ichi Torii; Shiro Ueno; Mutsumi Sugizaki; Wei Ming Yuan; Yuji Shirasaki; M. Sakano; Shigenori Komatsu; Hiroshi Tsunemi; Emi Miyata; Nobuyuki Kawai; Atsumasa Yoshida; Tatehiro Mihara; Isao Tanaka
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Paper Abstract

Monitor of the All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) is the first payload for the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) on the International Space Station (ISS). It is designed for monitoring all-sky in the X-ray band. Its angular resolution and scanning period are about 1 arc-degree and 100 minutes, respectively. MAXI employs two types of X-ray camera. One is Gas Slit Camera (GSC), the detectors of which are one dimensional position sensitive proportional counters. Another is Solid-state Slit Camera (SSC). We mainly report on SSC. We employ a pair of SSCs, each of which consists of 16 CCD chips. Each CCD chips has 1024 X 1024 pixels, and the pixel size is 24 X 24 micrometer. The CCDs are to be operated at -60 degrees Celsius using Peltier coolers. Optical light is blocked by aluminum coat on the CCDs instead of fragile aluminized film. SSC achieves an energy resolution of 152 eV in FWHM at 5.9 keV. The energy range is 0.5 - 10 keV.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 December 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4140, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XI, (13 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.409125
Show Author Affiliations
Hiroshi Tomida, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Masaru Matsuoka, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Ken'ichi Torii, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Shiro Ueno, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Mutsumi Sugizaki, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Wei Ming Yuan, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Yuji Shirasaki, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
M. Sakano, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Shigenori Komatsu, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Hiroshi Tsunemi, National Space Development Agency of Japan, Osaka Univ., and Japan Science and Technology (Japan)
Emi Miyata, National Space Development Agency of Japan, Osaka Univ., and Japan Science and Technology (Japan)
Nobuyuki Kawai, RIKEN--The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Japan)
Atsumasa Yoshida, RIKEN--The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Japan)
Tatehiro Mihara, RIKEN--The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Japan)
Isao Tanaka, Graduate Univ. for Advanced Studies (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4140:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XI
Kathryn A. Flanagan; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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