First light of a hard-x-ray imaging experiment: The InFOCuS balloon flight

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 RexEd Chapin, Mark Devlin

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number59000R
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2005
Externally publishedYes
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy II - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 03-08-200504-08-2005

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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