In-flight status of the X-ray observatory Suzaku

T. Dotani, K. Mitsuda, M. Bautz, H. Inoue, R. L. Kelley, K. Koyama, H. Kunieda, K. Makishima, Y. Ogawara, R. Petre, T. Takahashi, H. Tsunemi, N. E. White, N. Anabuki, L. Angelini, K. Arnaud, H. Awaki, A. Bamba, K. Boyce, G. V. BrownK. W. Chan, J. Cottam, J. Doty, K. Ebisawa, Y. Ezoe, A. C. Fabian, E. Figueroa, R. Fujimoto, Y. Fukazawa, T. Furusho, A. Furuzawa, K. Gendreau, R. E. Griffiths, Y. Haba, K. Hamaguchi, I. Harrus, G. Hasinger, I. Hatsukade, K. Hayashida, P. J. Henry, J. S. Hiraga, S. S. Holt, A. Hornschemeier, J. P. Hughes, U. Hwang, M. Ishida, Y. Ishisaki, N. Isobe, M. Itoh, N. Iyomoto, S. M. Kahn, T. Kamae, H. Katagiri, J. Kataoka, H. Katayama, N. Kawai, M. Kawaharada, C. Kilbourne, K. Kinugasa, S. Kissel, S. Kitamoto, M. Kohama, T. Kohmura, M. Kokubun, T. Kotani, J. Kotoku, A. Kubota, G. M. Madejski, Y. Maeda, F. Makino, A. Markowitz, C. Matsumoto, H. Matsumoto, M. Matsuoka, K. Matsushita, D. McCammon, T. Mihara, K. Misaki, E. Miyata, T. Mizuno, K. Mori, H. Mori, M. Morii, H. Moseley, K. Mukai, H. Murakami, T. Murakami, R. Mushotzky, F. Nagase, M. Namiki, H. Negoro, K. Nakazawa, J. A. Nousek, T. Okajima, Y. Ogasaka, T. Ohashi, T. Oshima, N. Ota, M. Ozaki, H. Ozawa, A. N. Parmar, W. D. Pence, F. Scott Porter, J. N. Reeves, G. R. Ricker, I. Sakurai, W. T. Sanders, A. Senda, P. Serlemitsos, R. Shibata, K. Shinozaki, Y. Soong, R. Smith, M. Suzuki, A. E. Szymkowiak, H. Takahashi, Y. Takei, T. Tamagawa, K. Tamura, T. Tamura, Y. Tanaka, M. Tashiro, Y. Tawara, Y. Terada, Y. Terashima, H. Tomida, K. Torii, Y. Tsuboi, Y. Tsujimoto, T. Tsuru, M. J.L. Turner, Y. Uchiyama, Y. Ueda, S. Ueno, M. Ueno, S. Uno, Y. Urata, S. Watanabe, N. Yamamoto, K. Yamaoka, N. Y. Yamasaki, K. Yamashita, M. Yamauchi, S. Yamauchi, T. Yaqoob, D. Yonetoku, A. Yoshida

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We report in-flight status of the X-ray detectors on board the Suzaku observatory, the 5th X-ray astronomy satellite of Japan launched on July 10, 2005. Suzaku is equipped with two types of Instruments: one is the X-ray Imaging Spectrometers (XISs) and the other is Hard X-ray Detector (HXD). XIS utilizes the X-ray CCD camera in combination with the grazing-incidence X-ray telescope. HXD is a non-imaging, hybrid detector utilizing Si PIN diodes and GSO/BGO phoswich counters. Suzaku takes a low-earth, circular orbit with an altitude of 560 km and an inclination of 31 deg. This means that Suzaku goes through the south atlantic anomaly about 1/3 of its revolutions. This has a large impact on the in-flight performance of XIS and HXD, which is reported in detail in the present paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS-MIC
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS-MIC - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Oct 27 2007Nov 3 2007

Publication series

NameIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record
ISSN (Print)1095-7863


Other2007 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS-MIC
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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