Suzaku (formerly Astro-E2) is Japan's fifth X-ray Astronomy mission. It was developed at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS/JAXA), Japan, in collaboration with U.S. (NASA/GSFC, MIT) and Japanese institutions, and launched on 2005 July 10. Suzaku is the recovery mission for ASTRO-E, which did not achieve orbit during launch in February 2000.
Suzaku covers the energy range 0.2 - 700 keV with the three instruments: an X-ray micro-calorimeter (X-ray Spectrometer, or XRS), four X-ray CCDs (the X-ray Imaging Spectrometers, or XISs), and a hard X-ray detector, or HXD. However, XRS prematurely lost all its liquid helium cryogen and is no longer perative.
Suzaku has four foil X-ray telescopes (XRTs) focusing X-rays onto each of the four XISs, along with a fifth XRT used with the XRS. The US has contributed to the XRTs, the XRS, and the XISs.
For further information:
- Information sheet about the Suzaku mission - download
the PDF version (3.9 Mbytes).
- Mission Overview;
Bibliography (link to ISAS/JAXA)
- Talks at the Suzaku
X-ray Universe meeting, San Diego, 2007
Wide-band All-sky Monitor (WAM; link to ISAS/JAXA) - gamma-ray
bursts and related events detected with the anti-coincidence detectors
for the HXD
- Post-launch updates
presented at various conferences.
Technical Description for Cycle 2 proposers
Science Working Group
Users' Group (includes links to presentations and reorts)
Guest Observer Facility Staff
- Archive of
suzakunews messages (If you are not on our
e-mail list, you can add your
- Archive of astroenews messages (predecessor of suzakunews)
- The XRS-2 home page by the calorimeter group at GSFC.
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