Current status of the pre-collimator development for the ASTRO-H X-ray Telescopes

Hideyuki Mori, Yoshito Haba, Takuya Miyazawa, Akihiro Furuzawa, Yuzuru Tawara, Hideyo Kunieda, Shigeo Yamauchi, Hisamitsu Awaki, Manabu Ishida, Yoshitomo Maeda, Aya Bamba, Ryo Iizuka, Takashi Okajima, Richard Mushotzky

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We present the current status of the pre-collimator for the stray-light reduction, mounted on the ASTRO-H X-Ray Telescopes (XRT). Since the ASTRO-H XRTs adopt the conical approximation of the Wolter-I type grazing incident optics, X-rays from a source located far from the telescope boresight create a ghost image in the detector field of view (FOV) as a stray light, and then reduce the signal-to-noise ratio even in the hard X-ray band. We thus plan to mount the pre-collimator, which is comprised of cylindrical blades aligned with each primary mirror, onto the XRTs to remove the stray light. While the pre-collimator for the Soft X-ray Telescopes is designed by the similar principle adopted for the Suzaku pre-collimator, that for the Hard X-ray Telescopes requires some trade-off studies to select an appropriate blade material. The HXT pre-collimator currently utilizes the aluminum blade with the 50 mm height and 150 μm thickness. We examined the observational effects by the hard X-ray (> 10 keV) stray light and the expected performance of the pre-collimator in some scientific cases, using a ray-tracing simulator. We found that the Galactic center may be mostly covered with the stray light from the well-known bright X-ray sources. In addition, the flux estimation of the extended X-ray emission such as the Cosmic X-ray Background is also found to have large (∼ 30%) uncertainty due to the stray light from the outside of the XRT FOV. The pre-collimator improves the situations; the stray light covering the source-free region in the Galactic center can be reduced by half and the uncertainty of the flux determination for the diffuse source decreases down to < 10%.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
Publication statusPublished - 19-10-2010
Externally publishedYes
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 28-06-201002-07-2010

Publication series

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


OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
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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