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First light of a hard-x-ray imaging experiment: the InFOCμS balloon flight
Author(s): Yasushi Ogasaka; Jack Tueller; Koujun Yamashita; Peter Serlemitsos; Ryo Shibata; Keisuke Tamura; Akihiro Furuzawa; Takuya Miyazawa; Rika Takahashi; Machiko Sakashita; Kenta Shimoda; Yuzuru Tawara; Hideyo Kunieda; Takashi Okajima; Hans Krimm; Scott Barthelmy; Yang Soong; Kai-Wing Chan; Scott Owens; Marie Rex; Ed Chapin; Mark Devlin
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Paper Abstract

As technological and scientific path-finder towards future observatory missions, a balloon-born hard X-ray imaging observation experiment InFOCμS has been developed. The payload has flown four times since 2000. In its 2004 Fall flight campaign InFOCμS successfully achieved first scientific observations of multiple astronomical objects from galactic compacts to cluster of galaxies. Significant signal has been detected from bright galactic objects while analysis of extragalactic objects is underway. InFOCμS plans additional and upgraded telescope-detector system as early as 2006. High energy telescope for nuclear gamma-ray line observations is under planning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5900, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II, 59000R (1 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.616677
Show Author Affiliations
Yasushi Ogasaka, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Jack Tueller, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Koujun Yamashita, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Peter Serlemitsos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ryo Shibata, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Keisuke Tamura, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Akihiro Furuzawa, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Takuya Miyazawa, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Rika Takahashi, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Machiko Sakashita, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Kenta Shimoda, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Yuzuru Tawara, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Hideyo Kunieda, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Takashi Okajima, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Hans Krimm, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Scott Barthelmy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Yang Soong, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kai-Wing Chan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Scott Owens, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marie Rex, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Ed Chapin, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Mark Devlin, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5900:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II
Oberto Citterio; Stephen L. O'Dell, Editor(s)

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