Current status of the Astro-H x-ray telescope system

Hisamitsu Awaki, Yasushi Ogasaka, Hideyo Kunieda, Akihiro Furuzawa, Hideyuki Mori, Takuya Miyazawa, Yoshito Haba, Yuzuru Tawara, Koujyun Yamashita, Peter Serlemitsos, Yang Soong, Takashi Okajima, Manabu Ishida, Yoshitomo Maeda, Keisuke Tamura, Yoshiharu Namba, Kentaro Uesugi, Yoshio Suzuki, Keiji Ogi, Masayuki ItohTatsuro Kosaka, Hiroshi Tsunemi

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Astro-H mission is the new Japanese X-ray mission following Suzaku. One of the unique features of the mission is an imaging spectroscopy in a unprecedentedly wide energy region from 0.3 to 60 keV. The X-Ray Telescope (XRT) system covers the energy region by means of grazing incidence reflective optics. In the current baseline specification, the XRT system consists of two hard X-ray telescopes (HXTs) which cover 5 to 60 keV, and two soft X-ray telescopes (SXT-S and SXT-I) which cover 0.3 to about 10 keV. Both of HXT and SXT-S mirrors employ tightly-nested, conicallyapproximated thin-foil Wolter-I optics. The HXTs employ Pt/C depth-graded multilayers (supermirrors), while the SXTS employ a single layer of gold. We measured test reflectors for Astro-H HXT at SPring-8, and obtained the roughness of the test reflectors of < 4 Ȧ and the image blur after two reflections of 0.8'-1.1'. International collaboration has been formed for the project, and basic and design studies have been carried out. Based on the basic study, detailed studies of the flight design are in progress, and production facilities for the Astro-H XRT system are close to complete.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 04-08-200906-08-2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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