Hard X-ray telescope to be onboard ASTRO-H

Hideyo Kunieda, Hisamitsu Awaki, Akihiro Furuzawa, Yoshito Haba, Ryo Iizuka, Kazunori Ishibashi, Manabu Ishida, Masayuki Itoh, Tatsuro Kosaka, Yoshitomo Maeda, Hironori Matsumoto, Takuya Miyazawa, Hideyuki Mori, Yoshiharu Namba, Yasushi Ogasaka, Keiji Ogi, Takashi Okajima, Yoshio Suzuki, Keisuke Tamura, Yuzuru TawaraKentato Uesugi, Koujun Yamashita, Shigeo Yamauchi

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The new Japanese X-ray Astronomy satellite, ASTRO-H will carry two identical hard X-ray telescopes (HXTs), which cover 5 to 80 keV. The HXT mirrors employ tightly-nested, conically-approximated thin-foil Wolter-I optics, and the mirror surfaces are coated with Pt/C depth-graded multilayers to enhance hard X-ray effective area by means of Bragg reflection. The HXT comprises foils 450 mm in diamter and 200 mm in length, with a focal length of 12 m. To obtain a large effective area, 213 aluminum foils 0.2 mm in thickness are tightly nested confocally. The effective area is expected to be ∼ 310 cm2 at 30 keV and the image quality to be ∼1.7′ in half-power diameter.

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
CountryUnited 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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