HITOMI (ASTRO-H) X-ray astronomy satellite

Tadayuki Takahashi, Motohide Kokubun, Kazuhisa Mitsuda, Richard L. Kelley, Takaya Ohashi, Felix Aharonian, Hiroki Akamatsu, Fumie Akimoto, Steven W. Allen, Naohisa Anabuki, Lorella Angelini, Keith Arnaud, Makoto Asai, Marc Audard, Hisamitsu Awaki, Magnus Axelsson, Philipp Azzarello, Chris Baluta, Aya Bamba, Nobutaka Bando & 250 others Marshall W. Bautz, Thomas Bialas, Roger Blandford, Kevin Boyce, Laura W. Brenneman, Gregory V. Brown, Esra Bulbul, Edward M. Cackett, Edgar Canavan, Maria Chernyakova, Meng P. Chiao, Paolo S. Coppi, Elisa Costantini, Steve O' Dell, Michael DiPirro, Chris Done, Tadayasu Dotani, John Doty, Ken Ebisawa, Megan E. Eckart, Teruaki Enoto, Yuichiro Ezoe, Andrew C. Fabian, Carlo Ferrigno, Adam R. Foster, Ryuichi Fujimoto, Yasushi Fukazawa, Stefan Funk, Akihiro Furuzawa, Massimiliano Galeazzi, Luigi C. Gallo, Poshak Gandhi, Kirk Gilmore, Margherita Giustini, Andrea Goldwurm, Liyi Gu, Matteo Guainazzi, Daniel Haas, Yoshito Haba, Kouichi Hagino, Kenji Hamaguchi, Ilana M. Harrus, Isamu Hatsukade, Takayuki Hayashi, Katsuhiro Hayashi, Kiyoshi Hayashida, Jan Willem Den Herder, Junko S. Hiraga, Kazuyuki Hirose, Ann Hornschemeier, Akio Hoshino, John P. Hughes, Yuto Ichinohe, Ryo Iizuka, Hajime Inoue, Yoshiyuki Inoue, Kazunori Ishibashi, Manabu Ishida, Kumi Ishikawa, Kosei Ishimura, Yoshitaka Ishisaki, Masayuki Itoh, Masachika Iwai, Naoko Iwata, Naoko Iyomoto, Chris Jewell, Jelle Kaastra, Tim Kallman, Tsuneyoshi Kamae, Erin Kara, Jun Kataoka, Satoru Katsuda, Junichiro Katsuta, Madoka Kawaharada, Nobuyuki Kawai, Taro Kawano, Shigeo Kawasaki, Dmitry Khangulyan, Caroline A. Kilbourne, Mark Kimball, Ashley King, Takao Kitaguchi, Shunji Kitamoto, Tetsu Kitayama, Takayoshi Kohmura, Saori Konami, Tatsuro Kosaka, Alex Koujelev, Katsuji Koyama, Shu Koyama, Peter Kretschmar, Hans A. Krimm, Aya Kubota, Hideyo Kunieda, Philippe Laurent, Shiu Hang Lee, Maurice A. Leutenegger, Olivier Limousin, Michael Loewenstein, Knox S. Long, David Lumb, Greg Madejski, Yoshitomo Maeda, Daniel Maier, Kazuo Makishima, Maxim Markevitch, Candace Masters, Hironori Matsumoto, Kyoko Matsushita, Dan McCammon, Daniel Mcguinness, Brian R. McNamara, Missagh Mehdipour, Joseph Miko, Eric D. Miller, Jon M. Miller, Shin Mineshige, Kenji Minesugi, Ikuyuki Mitsuishi, Takuya Miyazawa, Tsunefumi Mizuno, Hideyuki Mori, Koji Mori, Franco Moroso, Harvey Moseley, Theodore Muench, Koji Mukai, Hiroshi Murakami, Toshio Murakami, Richard F. Mushotzky, Housei Nagano, Ryo Nagino, Takao Nakagawa, Hiroshi Nakajima, Takeshi Nakamori, Toshio Nakano, Shinya Nakashima, Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Yoshiharu Namba, Chikara Natsukari, Yusuke Nishioka, Kumiko K. Nobukawa, Masayoshi Nobukawa, Hirofumi Noda, Masaharu Nomachi, Hirokazu Odaka, Hiroyuki Ogawa, Mina Ogawa, Keiji Ogi, Masanori Ohno, Masayuki Ohta, Takashi Okajima, Atsushi Okamoto, Tsuyoshi Okazaki, Naomi Ota, Masanobu Ozaki, Frits Paerels, Stéphane Paltani, Arvind Parmar, Robert Petre, Ciro Pinto, Jelle De Plaa, Martin Pohl, James Pontius, Frederick S. Porter, Katja Pottschmidt, Brian Ramsey, Christopher Reynolds, Helen Russell, Samar Safi-Harb, Shinya Saito, Kazuhiro Sakai, Shin Ichiro Sakai, Hiroaki Sameshima, Toru Sasaki, Goro Sato, Kosuke Sato, Rie Sato, Yoichi Sato, Makoto Sawada, Norbert Schartel, Peter J. Serlemitsos, Hiromi Seta, Yasuko Shibano, Maki Shida, Megumi Shidatsu, Takanobu Shimada, Keisuke Shinozaki, Peter Shirron, Aurora Simionescu, Cynthia Simmons, Randall K. Smith, Gary Sneiderman, Yang Soong, Łukasz Stawarz, Yasuharu Sugawara, Satoshi Sugita, Hiroyuki Sugita, Andrew Szymkowiak, Hiroyasu Tajima, Hiromitsu Takahashi, Takeda Shin'ichiro, Yoh Takei, Toru Tamagawa, Takayuki Tamura, Keisuke Tamura, Takaaki Tanaka, Yasuo Tanaka, Yasuyuki T. Tanaka, Makoto S. Tashiro, Yuzuru Tawara, Yukikatsu Terada, Yuichi Terashima, Francesco Tombesi, Hiroshi Tomida, Yohko Tsuboi, Masahiro Tsujimoto, Hiroshi Tsunemi, Takeshi Go Tsuru, Hiroyuki Uchida, Hideki Uchiyama, Yasunobu Uchiyama, Shutaro Ueda, Yoshihiro Ueda, Shiro Ueno, Uno Shin'ichiro, C. Megan Urry, Eugenio Ursino, Cor P. De Vries, Atsushi Wada, Shin Watanabe, Tomomi Watanabe, Norbert Werner, Daniel R. Wik, Dan R. Wilkins, Brian J. Williams, Shinya Yamada, Takahiro Yamada, Hiroya Yamaguchi, Kazutaka Yamaoka, Noriko Y. Yamasaki, Makoto Yamauchi, Shigeo Yamauchi, Tahir Yaqoob, Yoichi Yatsu, Daisuke Yonetoku, Atsumasa Yoshida, Takayuki Yuasa, Irina Zhuravleva, Abderahmen Zoghbi

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    Abstract

    The Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission is the sixth Japanese x-ray astronomy satellite developed by a large international collaboration, including Japan, USA, Canada, and Europe. The mission aimed to provide the highest energy resolution ever achieved at E > 2 keV, using a microcalorimeter instrument, and to cover a wide energy range spanning four decades in energy from soft x-rays to gamma rays. After a successful launch on February 17, 2016, the spacecraft lost its function on March 26, 2016, but the commissioning phase for about a month provided valuable information on the onboard instruments and the spacecraft system, including astrophysical results obtained from first light observations. The paper describes the Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission, its capabilities, the initial operation, and the instruments/spacecraft performances confirmed during the commissioning operations for about a month.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number021402
    JournalJournal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
    Volume4
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1

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    Astronomy
    astronomy
    Spacecraft
    Spacecraft instruments
    spacecraft
    Satellites
    X rays
    spacecraft performance
    x ray astronomy
    Gamma rays
    energy
    x rays
    Canada
    calorimeters
    Japan
    astrophysics
    gamma rays

    Keywords

    • Gamma ray
    • Gamma-ray astronomy
    • Hard x-ray
    • Microcalorimeter
    • X-ray
    • X-ray astronomy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Instrumentation
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Space and Planetary Science

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    Takahashi, T., Kokubun, M., Mitsuda, K., Kelley, R. L., Ohashi, T., Aharonian, F., ... Zoghbi, A. (2018). HITOMI (ASTRO-H) X-ray astronomy satellite. Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 4(2), [021402]. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.4.2.021402

    HITOMI (ASTRO-H) X-ray astronomy satellite. / Takahashi, Tadayuki; Kokubun, Motohide; Mitsuda, Kazuhisa; Kelley, Richard L.; Ohashi, Takaya; Aharonian, Felix; Akamatsu, Hiroki; Akimoto, Fumie; Allen, Steven W.; Anabuki, Naohisa; Angelini, Lorella; Arnaud, Keith; Asai, Makoto; Audard, Marc; Awaki, Hisamitsu; Axelsson, Magnus; Azzarello, Philipp; Baluta, Chris; Bamba, Aya; Bando, Nobutaka; Bautz, Marshall W.; Bialas, Thomas; Blandford, Roger; Boyce, Kevin; Brenneman, Laura W.; Brown, Gregory V.; Bulbul, Esra; Cackett, Edward M.; Canavan, Edgar; Chernyakova, Maria; Chiao, Meng P.; Coppi, Paolo S.; Costantini, Elisa; O' Dell, Steve; DiPirro, Michael; Done, Chris; Dotani, Tadayasu; Doty, John; Ebisawa, Ken; Eckart, Megan E.; Enoto, Teruaki; Ezoe, Yuichiro; Fabian, Andrew C.; Ferrigno, Carlo; Foster, Adam R.; Fujimoto, Ryuichi; Fukazawa, Yasushi; Funk, Stefan; Furuzawa, Akihiro; Galeazzi, Massimiliano; Gallo, Luigi C.; Gandhi, Poshak; Gilmore, Kirk; Giustini, Margherita; Goldwurm, Andrea; Gu, Liyi; Guainazzi, Matteo; Haas, Daniel; Haba, Yoshito; Hagino, Kouichi; Hamaguchi, Kenji; Harrus, Ilana M.; Hatsukade, Isamu; Hayashi, Takayuki; Hayashi, Katsuhiro; Hayashida, Kiyoshi; Den Herder, Jan Willem; Hiraga, Junko S.; Hirose, Kazuyuki; Hornschemeier, Ann; Hoshino, Akio; Hughes, John P.; Ichinohe, Yuto; Iizuka, Ryo; Inoue, Hajime; Inoue, Yoshiyuki; Ishibashi, Kazunori; Ishida, Manabu; Ishikawa, Kumi; Ishimura, Kosei; Ishisaki, Yoshitaka; Itoh, Masayuki; Iwai, Masachika; Iwata, Naoko; Iyomoto, Naoko; Jewell, Chris; Kaastra, Jelle; Kallman, Tim; Kamae, Tsuneyoshi; Kara, Erin; Kataoka, Jun; Katsuda, Satoru; Katsuta, Junichiro; Kawaharada, Madoka; Kawai, Nobuyuki; Kawano, Taro; Kawasaki, Shigeo; Khangulyan, Dmitry; Kilbourne, Caroline A.; Kimball, Mark; King, Ashley; Kitaguchi, Takao; Kitamoto, Shunji; Kitayama, Tetsu; Kohmura, Takayoshi; Konami, Saori; Kosaka, Tatsuro; Koujelev, Alex; Koyama, Katsuji; Koyama, Shu; Kretschmar, Peter; Krimm, Hans A.; Kubota, Aya; Kunieda, Hideyo; Laurent, Philippe; Lee, Shiu Hang; Leutenegger, Maurice A.; Limousin, Olivier; Loewenstein, Michael; Long, Knox S.; Lumb, David; Madejski, Greg; Maeda, Yoshitomo; Maier, Daniel; Makishima, Kazuo; Markevitch, Maxim; Masters, Candace; Matsumoto, Hironori; Matsushita, Kyoko; McCammon, Dan; Mcguinness, Daniel; McNamara, Brian R.; Mehdipour, Missagh; Miko, Joseph; Miller, Eric D.; Miller, Jon M.; Mineshige, Shin; Minesugi, Kenji; Mitsuishi, Ikuyuki; Miyazawa, Takuya; Mizuno, Tsunefumi; Mori, Hideyuki; Mori, Koji; Moroso, Franco; Moseley, Harvey; Muench, Theodore; Mukai, Koji; Murakami, Hiroshi; Murakami, Toshio; Mushotzky, Richard F.; Nagano, Housei; Nagino, Ryo; Nakagawa, Takao; Nakajima, Hiroshi; Nakamori, Takeshi; Nakano, Toshio; Nakashima, Shinya; Nakazawa, Kazuhiro; Namba, Yoshiharu; Natsukari, Chikara; Nishioka, Yusuke; Nobukawa, Kumiko K.; Nobukawa, Masayoshi; Noda, Hirofumi; Nomachi, Masaharu; Odaka, Hirokazu; Ogawa, Hiroyuki; Ogawa, Mina; Ogi, Keiji; Ohno, Masanori; Ohta, Masayuki; Okajima, Takashi; Okamoto, Atsushi; Okazaki, Tsuyoshi; Ota, Naomi; Ozaki, Masanobu; Paerels, Frits; Paltani, Stéphane; Parmar, Arvind; Petre, Robert; Pinto, Ciro; De Plaa, Jelle; Pohl, Martin; Pontius, James; Porter, Frederick S.; Pottschmidt, Katja; Ramsey, Brian; Reynolds, Christopher; Russell, Helen; Safi-Harb, Samar; Saito, Shinya; Sakai, Kazuhiro; Sakai, Shin Ichiro; Sameshima, Hiroaki; Sasaki, Toru; Sato, Goro; Sato, Kosuke; Sato, Rie; Sato, Yoichi; Sawada, Makoto; Schartel, Norbert; Serlemitsos, Peter J.; Seta, Hiromi; Shibano, Yasuko; Shida, Maki; Shidatsu, Megumi; Shimada, Takanobu; Shinozaki, Keisuke; Shirron, Peter; Simionescu, Aurora; Simmons, Cynthia; Smith, Randall K.; Sneiderman, Gary; Soong, Yang; Stawarz, Łukasz; Sugawara, Yasuharu; Sugita, Satoshi; Sugita, Hiroyuki; Szymkowiak, Andrew; Tajima, Hiroyasu; Takahashi, Hiromitsu; Shin'ichiro, Takeda; Takei, Yoh; Tamagawa, Toru; Tamura, Takayuki; Tamura, Keisuke; Tanaka, Takaaki; Tanaka, Yasuo; Tanaka, Yasuyuki T.; Tashiro, Makoto S.; Tawara, Yuzuru; Terada, Yukikatsu; Terashima, Yuichi; Tombesi, Francesco; Tomida, Hiroshi; Tsuboi, Yohko; Tsujimoto, Masahiro; Tsunemi, Hiroshi; Tsuru, Takeshi Go; Uchida, Hiroyuki; Uchiyama, Hideki; Uchiyama, Yasunobu; Ueda, Shutaro; Ueda, Yoshihiro; Ueno, Shiro; Shin'ichiro, Uno; Megan Urry, C.; Ursino, Eugenio; De Vries, Cor P.; Wada, Atsushi; Watanabe, Shin; Watanabe, Tomomi; Werner, Norbert; Wik, Daniel R.; Wilkins, Dan R.; Williams, Brian J.; Yamada, Shinya; Yamada, Takahiro; Yamaguchi, Hiroya; Yamaoka, Kazutaka; Yamasaki, Noriko Y.; Yamauchi, Makoto; Yamauchi, Shigeo; Yaqoob, Tahir; Yatsu, Yoichi; Yonetoku, Daisuke; Yoshida, Atsumasa; Yuasa, Takayuki; Zhuravleva, Irina; Zoghbi, Abderahmen.

    In: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, Vol. 4, No. 2, 021402, 01.04.2018.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Takahashi, T, Kokubun, M, Mitsuda, K, Kelley, RL, Ohashi, T, Aharonian, F, Akamatsu, H, Akimoto, F, Allen, SW, Anabuki, N, Angelini, L, Arnaud, K, Asai, M, Audard, M, Awaki, H, Axelsson, M, Azzarello, P, Baluta, C, Bamba, A, Bando, N, Bautz, MW, Bialas, T, Blandford, R, Boyce, K, Brenneman, LW, Brown, GV, Bulbul, E, Cackett, EM, Canavan, E, Chernyakova, M, Chiao, MP, Coppi, PS, Costantini, E, O' Dell, S, DiPirro, M, Done, C, Dotani, T, Doty, J, Ebisawa, K, Eckart, ME, Enoto, T, Ezoe, Y, Fabian, AC, Ferrigno, C, Foster, AR, Fujimoto, R, Fukazawa, Y, Funk, S, Furuzawa, A, Galeazzi, M, Gallo, LC, Gandhi, P, Gilmore, K, Giustini, M, Goldwurm, A, Gu, L, Guainazzi, M, Haas, D, Haba, Y, Hagino, K, Hamaguchi, K, Harrus, IM, Hatsukade, I, Hayashi, T, Hayashi, K, Hayashida, K, Den Herder, JW, Hiraga, JS, Hirose, K, Hornschemeier, A, Hoshino, A, Hughes, JP, Ichinohe, Y, Iizuka, R, Inoue, H, Inoue, Y, Ishibashi, K, Ishida, M, Ishikawa, K, Ishimura, K, Ishisaki, Y, Itoh, M, Iwai, M, Iwata, N, Iyomoto, N, Jewell, C, Kaastra, J, Kallman, T, Kamae, T, Kara, E, Kataoka, J, Katsuda, S, Katsuta, J, Kawaharada, M, Kawai, N, Kawano, T, Kawasaki, S, Khangulyan, D, Kilbourne, CA, Kimball, M, King, A, Kitaguchi, T, Kitamoto, S, Kitayama, T, Kohmura, T, Konami, S, Kosaka, T, Koujelev, A, Koyama, K, Koyama, S, Kretschmar, P, Krimm, HA, Kubota, A, Kunieda, H, Laurent, P, Lee, SH, Leutenegger, MA, Limousin, O, Loewenstein, M, Long, KS, Lumb, D, Madejski, G, Maeda, Y, Maier, D, Makishima, K, Markevitch, M, Masters, C, Matsumoto, H, Matsushita, K, McCammon, D, Mcguinness, D, McNamara, BR, Mehdipour, M, Miko, J, Miller, ED, Miller, JM, Mineshige, S, Minesugi, K, Mitsuishi, I, Miyazawa, T, Mizuno, T, Mori, H, Mori, K, Moroso, F, Moseley, H, Muench, T, Mukai, K, Murakami, H, Murakami, T, Mushotzky, RF, Nagano, H, Nagino, R, Nakagawa, T, Nakajima, H, Nakamori, T, Nakano, T, Nakashima, S, Nakazawa, K, Namba, Y, Natsukari, C, Nishioka, Y, Nobukawa, KK, Nobukawa, M, Noda, H, Nomachi, M, Odaka, H, Ogawa, H, Ogawa, M, Ogi, K, Ohno, M, Ohta, M, Okajima, T, Okamoto, A, Okazaki, T, Ota, N, Ozaki, M, Paerels, F, Paltani, S, Parmar, A, Petre, R, Pinto, C, De Plaa, J, Pohl, M, Pontius, J, Porter, FS, Pottschmidt, K, Ramsey, B, Reynolds, C, Russell, H, Safi-Harb, S, Saito, S, Sakai, K, Sakai, SI, Sameshima, H, Sasaki, T, Sato, G, Sato, K, Sato, R, Sato, Y, Sawada, M, Schartel, N, Serlemitsos, PJ, Seta, H, Shibano, Y, Shida, M, Shidatsu, M, Shimada, T, Shinozaki, K, Shirron, P, Simionescu, A, Simmons, C, Smith, RK, Sneiderman, G, Soong, Y, Stawarz, Ł, Sugawara, Y, Sugita, S, Sugita, H, Szymkowiak, A, Tajima, H, Takahashi, H, Shin'ichiro, T, Takei, Y, Tamagawa, T, Tamura, T, Tamura, K, Tanaka, T, Tanaka, Y, Tanaka, YT, Tashiro, MS, Tawara, Y, Terada, Y, Terashima, Y, Tombesi, F, Tomida, H, Tsuboi, Y, Tsujimoto, M, Tsunemi, H, Tsuru, TG, Uchida, H, Uchiyama, H, Uchiyama, Y, Ueda, S, Ueda, Y, Ueno, S, Shin'ichiro, U, Megan Urry, C, Ursino, E, De Vries, CP, Wada, A, Watanabe, S, Watanabe, T, Werner, N, Wik, DR, Wilkins, DR, Williams, BJ, Yamada, S, Yamada, T, Yamaguchi, H, Yamaoka, K, Yamasaki, NY, Yamauchi, M, Yamauchi, S, Yaqoob, T, Yatsu, Y, Yonetoku, D, Yoshida, A, Yuasa, T, Zhuravleva, I & Zoghbi, A 2018, 'HITOMI (ASTRO-H) X-ray astronomy satellite', Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, vol. 4, no. 2, 021402. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.4.2.021402
    Takahashi T, Kokubun M, Mitsuda K, Kelley RL, Ohashi T, Aharonian F et al. HITOMI (ASTRO-H) X-ray astronomy satellite. Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems. 2018 Apr 1;4(2). 021402. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.4.2.021402
    Takahashi, Tadayuki ; Kokubun, Motohide ; Mitsuda, Kazuhisa ; Kelley, Richard L. ; Ohashi, Takaya ; Aharonian, Felix ; Akamatsu, Hiroki ; Akimoto, Fumie ; Allen, Steven W. ; Anabuki, Naohisa ; Angelini, Lorella ; Arnaud, Keith ; Asai, Makoto ; Audard, Marc ; Awaki, Hisamitsu ; Axelsson, Magnus ; Azzarello, Philipp ; Baluta, Chris ; Bamba, Aya ; Bando, Nobutaka ; Bautz, Marshall W. ; Bialas, Thomas ; Blandford, Roger ; Boyce, Kevin ; Brenneman, Laura W. ; Brown, Gregory V. ; Bulbul, Esra ; Cackett, Edward M. ; Canavan, Edgar ; Chernyakova, Maria ; Chiao, Meng P. ; Coppi, Paolo S. ; Costantini, Elisa ; O' Dell, Steve ; DiPirro, Michael ; Done, Chris ; Dotani, Tadayasu ; Doty, John ; Ebisawa, Ken ; Eckart, Megan E. ; Enoto, Teruaki ; Ezoe, Yuichiro ; Fabian, Andrew C. ; Ferrigno, Carlo ; Foster, Adam R. ; Fujimoto, Ryuichi ; Fukazawa, Yasushi ; Funk, Stefan ; Furuzawa, Akihiro ; Galeazzi, Massimiliano ; Gallo, Luigi C. ; Gandhi, Poshak ; Gilmore, Kirk ; Giustini, Margherita ; Goldwurm, Andrea ; Gu, Liyi ; Guainazzi, Matteo ; Haas, Daniel ; Haba, Yoshito ; Hagino, Kouichi ; Hamaguchi, Kenji ; Harrus, Ilana M. ; Hatsukade, Isamu ; Hayashi, Takayuki ; Hayashi, Katsuhiro ; Hayashida, Kiyoshi ; Den Herder, Jan Willem ; Hiraga, Junko S. ; Hirose, Kazuyuki ; Hornschemeier, Ann ; Hoshino, Akio ; Hughes, John P. ; Ichinohe, Yuto ; Iizuka, Ryo ; Inoue, Hajime ; Inoue, Yoshiyuki ; Ishibashi, Kazunori ; Ishida, Manabu ; Ishikawa, Kumi ; Ishimura, Kosei ; Ishisaki, Yoshitaka ; Itoh, Masayuki ; Iwai, Masachika ; Iwata, Naoko ; Iyomoto, Naoko ; Jewell, Chris ; Kaastra, Jelle ; Kallman, Tim ; Kamae, Tsuneyoshi ; Kara, Erin ; Kataoka, Jun ; Katsuda, Satoru ; Katsuta, Junichiro ; Kawaharada, Madoka ; Kawai, Nobuyuki ; Kawano, Taro ; Kawasaki, Shigeo ; Khangulyan, Dmitry ; Kilbourne, Caroline A. ; Kimball, Mark ; King, Ashley ; Kitaguchi, Takao ; Kitamoto, Shunji ; Kitayama, Tetsu ; Kohmura, Takayoshi ; Konami, Saori ; Kosaka, Tatsuro ; Koujelev, Alex ; Koyama, Katsuji ; Koyama, Shu ; Kretschmar, Peter ; Krimm, Hans A. ; Kubota, Aya ; Kunieda, Hideyo ; Laurent, Philippe ; Lee, Shiu Hang ; Leutenegger, Maurice A. ; Limousin, Olivier ; Loewenstein, Michael ; Long, Knox S. ; Lumb, David ; Madejski, Greg ; Maeda, Yoshitomo ; Maier, Daniel ; Makishima, Kazuo ; Markevitch, Maxim ; Masters, Candace ; Matsumoto, Hironori ; Matsushita, Kyoko ; McCammon, Dan ; Mcguinness, Daniel ; McNamara, Brian R. ; Mehdipour, Missagh ; Miko, Joseph ; Miller, Eric D. ; Miller, Jon M. ; Mineshige, Shin ; Minesugi, Kenji ; Mitsuishi, Ikuyuki ; Miyazawa, Takuya ; Mizuno, Tsunefumi ; Mori, Hideyuki ; Mori, Koji ; Moroso, Franco ; Moseley, Harvey ; Muench, Theodore ; Mukai, Koji ; Murakami, Hiroshi ; Murakami, Toshio ; Mushotzky, Richard F. ; Nagano, Housei ; Nagino, Ryo ; Nakagawa, Takao ; Nakajima, Hiroshi ; Nakamori, Takeshi ; Nakano, Toshio ; Nakashima, Shinya ; Nakazawa, Kazuhiro ; Namba, Yoshiharu ; Natsukari, Chikara ; Nishioka, Yusuke ; Nobukawa, Kumiko K. ; Nobukawa, Masayoshi ; Noda, Hirofumi ; Nomachi, Masaharu ; Odaka, Hirokazu ; Ogawa, Hiroyuki ; Ogawa, Mina ; Ogi, Keiji ; Ohno, Masanori ; Ohta, Masayuki ; Okajima, Takashi ; Okamoto, Atsushi ; Okazaki, Tsuyoshi ; Ota, Naomi ; Ozaki, Masanobu ; Paerels, Frits ; Paltani, Stéphane ; Parmar, Arvind ; Petre, Robert ; Pinto, Ciro ; De Plaa, Jelle ; Pohl, Martin ; Pontius, James ; Porter, Frederick S. ; Pottschmidt, Katja ; Ramsey, Brian ; Reynolds, Christopher ; Russell, Helen ; Safi-Harb, Samar ; Saito, Shinya ; Sakai, Kazuhiro ; Sakai, Shin Ichiro ; Sameshima, Hiroaki ; Sasaki, Toru ; Sato, Goro ; Sato, Kosuke ; Sato, Rie ; Sato, Yoichi ; Sawada, Makoto ; Schartel, Norbert ; Serlemitsos, Peter J. ; Seta, Hiromi ; Shibano, Yasuko ; Shida, Maki ; Shidatsu, Megumi ; Shimada, Takanobu ; Shinozaki, Keisuke ; Shirron, Peter ; Simionescu, Aurora ; Simmons, Cynthia ; Smith, Randall K. ; Sneiderman, Gary ; Soong, Yang ; Stawarz, Łukasz ; Sugawara, Yasuharu ; Sugita, Satoshi ; Sugita, Hiroyuki ; Szymkowiak, Andrew ; Tajima, Hiroyasu ; Takahashi, Hiromitsu ; Shin'ichiro, Takeda ; Takei, Yoh ; Tamagawa, Toru ; Tamura, Takayuki ; Tamura, Keisuke ; Tanaka, Takaaki ; Tanaka, Yasuo ; Tanaka, Yasuyuki T. ; Tashiro, Makoto S. ; Tawara, Yuzuru ; Terada, Yukikatsu ; Terashima, Yuichi ; Tombesi, Francesco ; Tomida, Hiroshi ; Tsuboi, Yohko ; Tsujimoto, Masahiro ; Tsunemi, Hiroshi ; Tsuru, Takeshi Go ; Uchida, Hiroyuki ; Uchiyama, Hideki ; Uchiyama, Yasunobu ; Ueda, Shutaro ; Ueda, Yoshihiro ; Ueno, Shiro ; Shin'ichiro, Uno ; Megan Urry, C. ; Ursino, Eugenio ; De Vries, Cor P. ; Wada, Atsushi ; Watanabe, Shin ; Watanabe, Tomomi ; Werner, Norbert ; Wik, Daniel R. ; Wilkins, Dan R. ; Williams, Brian J. ; Yamada, Shinya ; Yamada, Takahiro ; Yamaguchi, Hiroya ; Yamaoka, Kazutaka ; Yamasaki, Noriko Y. ; Yamauchi, Makoto ; Yamauchi, Shigeo ; Yaqoob, Tahir ; Yatsu, Yoichi ; Yonetoku, Daisuke ; Yoshida, Atsumasa ; Yuasa, Takayuki ; Zhuravleva, Irina ; Zoghbi, Abderahmen. / HITOMI (ASTRO-H) X-ray astronomy satellite. 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    author = "Tadayuki Takahashi and Motohide Kokubun and Kazuhisa Mitsuda and Kelley, {Richard L.} and Takaya Ohashi and Felix Aharonian and Hiroki Akamatsu and Fumie Akimoto and Allen, {Steven W.} and Naohisa Anabuki and Lorella Angelini and Keith Arnaud and Makoto Asai and Marc Audard and Hisamitsu Awaki and Magnus Axelsson and Philipp Azzarello and Chris Baluta and Aya Bamba and Nobutaka Bando and Bautz, {Marshall W.} and Thomas Bialas and Roger Blandford and Kevin Boyce and Brenneman, {Laura W.} and Brown, {Gregory V.} and Esra Bulbul and Cackett, {Edward M.} and Edgar Canavan and Maria Chernyakova and Chiao, {Meng P.} and Coppi, {Paolo S.} and Elisa Costantini and {O' Dell}, Steve and Michael DiPirro and Chris Done and Tadayasu Dotani and John Doty and Ken Ebisawa and Eckart, {Megan E.} and Teruaki Enoto and Yuichiro Ezoe and Fabian, {Andrew C.} and Carlo Ferrigno and Foster, {Adam R.} and Ryuichi Fujimoto and Yasushi Fukazawa and Stefan Funk and Akihiro Furuzawa and Massimiliano Galeazzi and Gallo, {Luigi C.} and Poshak Gandhi and Kirk Gilmore and Margherita Giustini and Andrea Goldwurm and Liyi Gu and Matteo Guainazzi and Daniel Haas and Yoshito Haba and Kouichi Hagino and Kenji Hamaguchi and Harrus, {Ilana M.} and Isamu Hatsukade and Takayuki Hayashi and Katsuhiro Hayashi and Kiyoshi Hayashida and {Den Herder}, {Jan Willem} and Hiraga, {Junko S.} and Kazuyuki Hirose and Ann Hornschemeier and Akio Hoshino and Hughes, {John P.} and Yuto Ichinohe and Ryo Iizuka and Hajime Inoue and Yoshiyuki Inoue and Kazunori Ishibashi and Manabu Ishida and Kumi Ishikawa and Kosei Ishimura and Yoshitaka Ishisaki and Masayuki Itoh and Masachika Iwai and Naoko Iwata and Naoko Iyomoto and Chris Jewell and Jelle Kaastra and Tim Kallman and Tsuneyoshi Kamae and Erin Kara and Jun Kataoka and Satoru Katsuda and Junichiro Katsuta and Madoka Kawaharada and Nobuyuki Kawai and Taro Kawano and Shigeo Kawasaki and Dmitry Khangulyan and Kilbourne, {Caroline A.} and Mark Kimball and Ashley King and Takao Kitaguchi and Shunji Kitamoto and Tetsu Kitayama and Takayoshi Kohmura and Saori Konami and Tatsuro Kosaka and Alex Koujelev and Katsuji Koyama and Shu Koyama and Peter Kretschmar and Krimm, {Hans A.} and Aya Kubota and Hideyo Kunieda and Philippe Laurent and Lee, {Shiu Hang} and Leutenegger, {Maurice A.} and Olivier Limousin and Michael Loewenstein and Long, {Knox S.} and David Lumb and Greg Madejski and Yoshitomo Maeda and Daniel Maier and Kazuo Makishima and Maxim Markevitch and Candace Masters and Hironori Matsumoto and Kyoko Matsushita and Dan McCammon and Daniel Mcguinness and McNamara, {Brian R.} and Missagh Mehdipour and Joseph Miko and Miller, {Eric D.} and Miller, {Jon M.} and Shin Mineshige and Kenji Minesugi and Ikuyuki Mitsuishi and Takuya Miyazawa and Tsunefumi Mizuno and Hideyuki Mori and Koji Mori and Franco Moroso and Harvey Moseley and Theodore Muench and Koji Mukai and Hiroshi Murakami and Toshio Murakami and Mushotzky, {Richard F.} and Housei Nagano and Ryo Nagino and Takao Nakagawa and Hiroshi Nakajima and Takeshi Nakamori and Toshio Nakano and Shinya Nakashima and Kazuhiro Nakazawa and Yoshiharu Namba and Chikara Natsukari and Yusuke Nishioka and Nobukawa, {Kumiko K.} and Masayoshi Nobukawa and Hirofumi Noda and Masaharu Nomachi and Hirokazu Odaka and Hiroyuki Ogawa and Mina Ogawa and Keiji Ogi and Masanori Ohno and Masayuki Ohta and Takashi Okajima and Atsushi Okamoto and Tsuyoshi Okazaki and Naomi Ota and Masanobu Ozaki and Frits Paerels and St{\'e}phane Paltani and Arvind Parmar and Robert Petre and Ciro Pinto and {De Plaa}, Jelle and Martin Pohl and James Pontius and Porter, {Frederick S.} and Katja Pottschmidt and Brian Ramsey and Christopher Reynolds and Helen Russell and Samar Safi-Harb and Shinya Saito and Kazuhiro Sakai and Sakai, {Shin Ichiro} and Hiroaki Sameshima and Toru Sasaki and Goro Sato and Kosuke Sato and Rie Sato and Yoichi Sato and Makoto Sawada and Norbert Schartel and Serlemitsos, {Peter J.} and Hiromi Seta and Yasuko Shibano and Maki Shida and Megumi Shidatsu and Takanobu Shimada and Keisuke Shinozaki and Peter Shirron and Aurora Simionescu and Cynthia Simmons and Smith, {Randall K.} and Gary Sneiderman and Yang Soong and Łukasz Stawarz and Yasuharu Sugawara and Satoshi Sugita and Hiroyuki Sugita and Andrew Szymkowiak and Hiroyasu Tajima and Hiromitsu Takahashi and Takeda Shin'ichiro and Yoh Takei and Toru Tamagawa and Takayuki Tamura and Keisuke Tamura and Takaaki Tanaka and Yasuo Tanaka and Tanaka, {Yasuyuki T.} and Tashiro, {Makoto S.} and Yuzuru Tawara and Yukikatsu Terada and Yuichi Terashima and Francesco Tombesi and Hiroshi Tomida and Yohko Tsuboi and Masahiro Tsujimoto and Hiroshi Tsunemi and Tsuru, {Takeshi Go} and Hiroyuki Uchida and Hideki Uchiyama and Yasunobu Uchiyama and Shutaro Ueda and Yoshihiro Ueda and Shiro Ueno and Uno Shin'ichiro and {Megan Urry}, C. and Eugenio Ursino and {De Vries}, {Cor P.} and Atsushi Wada and Shin Watanabe and Tomomi Watanabe and Norbert Werner and Wik, {Daniel R.} and Wilkins, {Dan R.} and Williams, {Brian J.} and Shinya Yamada and Takahiro Yamada and Hiroya Yamaguchi and Kazutaka Yamaoka and Yamasaki, {Noriko Y.} and Makoto Yamauchi and Shigeo Yamauchi and Tahir Yaqoob and Yoichi Yatsu and Daisuke Yonetoku and Atsumasa Yoshida and Takayuki Yuasa and Irina Zhuravleva and Abderahmen Zoghbi",
    year = "2018",
    month = "4",
    day = "1",
    doi = "10.1117/1.JATIS.4.2.021402",
    language = "English",
    volume = "4",
    journal = "Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems",
    issn = "2329-4124",
    publisher = "SPIE",
    number = "2",

    }

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - HITOMI (ASTRO-H) X-ray astronomy satellite

    AU - Takahashi, Tadayuki

    AU - Kokubun, Motohide

    AU - Mitsuda, Kazuhisa

    AU - Kelley, Richard L.

    AU - Ohashi, Takaya

    AU - Aharonian, Felix

    AU - Akamatsu, Hiroki

    AU - Akimoto, Fumie

    AU - Allen, Steven W.

    AU - Anabuki, Naohisa

    AU - Angelini, Lorella

    AU - Arnaud, Keith

    AU - Asai, Makoto

    AU - Audard, Marc

    AU - Awaki, Hisamitsu

    AU - Axelsson, Magnus

    AU - Azzarello, Philipp

    AU - Baluta, Chris

    AU - Bamba, Aya

    AU - Bando, Nobutaka

    AU - Bautz, Marshall W.

    AU - Bialas, Thomas

    AU - Blandford, Roger

    AU - Boyce, Kevin

    AU - Brenneman, Laura W.

    AU - Brown, Gregory V.

    AU - Bulbul, Esra

    AU - Cackett, Edward M.

    AU - Canavan, Edgar

    AU - Chernyakova, Maria

    AU - Chiao, Meng P.

    AU - Coppi, Paolo S.

    AU - Costantini, Elisa

    AU - O' Dell, Steve

    AU - DiPirro, Michael

    AU - Done, Chris

    AU - Dotani, Tadayasu

    AU - Doty, John

    AU - Ebisawa, Ken

    AU - Eckart, Megan E.

    AU - Enoto, Teruaki

    AU - Ezoe, Yuichiro

    AU - Fabian, Andrew C.

    AU - Ferrigno, Carlo

    AU - Foster, Adam R.

    AU - Fujimoto, Ryuichi

    AU - Fukazawa, Yasushi

    AU - Funk, Stefan

    AU - Furuzawa, Akihiro

    AU - Galeazzi, Massimiliano

    AU - Gallo, Luigi C.

    AU - Gandhi, Poshak

    AU - Gilmore, Kirk

    AU - Giustini, Margherita

    AU - Goldwurm, Andrea

    AU - Gu, Liyi

    AU - Guainazzi, Matteo

    AU - Haas, Daniel

    AU - Haba, Yoshito

    AU - Hagino, Kouichi

    AU - Hamaguchi, Kenji

    AU - Harrus, Ilana M.

    AU - Hatsukade, Isamu

    AU - Hayashi, Takayuki

    AU - Hayashi, Katsuhiro

    AU - Hayashida, Kiyoshi

    AU - Den Herder, Jan Willem

    AU - Hiraga, Junko S.

    AU - Hirose, Kazuyuki

    AU - Hornschemeier, Ann

    AU - Hoshino, Akio

    AU - Hughes, John P.

    AU - Ichinohe, Yuto

    AU - Iizuka, Ryo

    AU - Inoue, Hajime

    AU - Inoue, Yoshiyuki

    AU - Ishibashi, Kazunori

    AU - Ishida, Manabu

    AU - Ishikawa, Kumi

    AU - Ishimura, Kosei

    AU - Ishisaki, Yoshitaka

    AU - Itoh, Masayuki

    AU - Iwai, Masachika

    AU - Iwata, Naoko

    AU - Iyomoto, Naoko

    AU - Jewell, Chris

    AU - Kaastra, Jelle

    AU - Kallman, Tim

    AU - Kamae, Tsuneyoshi

    AU - Kara, Erin

    AU - Kataoka, Jun

    AU - Katsuda, Satoru

    AU - Katsuta, Junichiro

    AU - Kawaharada, Madoka

    AU - Kawai, Nobuyuki

    AU - Kawano, Taro

    AU - Kawasaki, Shigeo

    AU - Khangulyan, Dmitry

    AU - Kilbourne, Caroline A.

    AU - Kimball, Mark

    AU - King, Ashley

    AU - Kitaguchi, Takao

    AU - Kitamoto, Shunji

    AU - Kitayama, Tetsu

    AU - Kohmura, Takayoshi

    AU - Konami, Saori

    AU - Kosaka, Tatsuro

    AU - Koujelev, Alex

    AU - Koyama, Katsuji

    AU - Koyama, Shu

    AU - Kretschmar, Peter

    AU - Krimm, Hans A.

    AU - Kubota, Aya

    AU - Kunieda, Hideyo

    AU - Laurent, Philippe

    AU - Lee, Shiu Hang

    AU - Leutenegger, Maurice A.

    AU - Limousin, Olivier

    AU - Loewenstein, Michael

    AU - Long, Knox S.

    AU - Lumb, David

    AU - Madejski, Greg

    AU - Maeda, Yoshitomo

    AU - Maier, Daniel

    AU - Makishima, Kazuo

    AU - Markevitch, Maxim

    AU - Masters, Candace

    AU - Matsumoto, Hironori

    AU - Matsushita, Kyoko

    AU - McCammon, Dan

    AU - Mcguinness, Daniel

    AU - McNamara, Brian R.

    AU - Mehdipour, Missagh

    AU - Miko, Joseph

    AU - Miller, Eric D.

    AU - Miller, Jon M.

    AU - Mineshige, Shin

    AU - Minesugi, Kenji

    AU - Mitsuishi, Ikuyuki

    AU - Miyazawa, Takuya

    AU - Mizuno, Tsunefumi

    AU - Mori, Hideyuki

    AU - Mori, Koji

    AU - Moroso, Franco

    AU - Moseley, Harvey

    AU - Muench, Theodore

    AU - Mukai, Koji

    AU - Murakami, Hiroshi

    AU - Murakami, Toshio

    AU - Mushotzky, Richard F.

    AU - Nagano, Housei

    AU - Nagino, Ryo

    AU - Nakagawa, Takao

    AU - Nakajima, Hiroshi

    AU - Nakamori, Takeshi

    AU - Nakano, Toshio

    AU - Nakashima, Shinya

    AU - Nakazawa, Kazuhiro

    AU - Namba, Yoshiharu

    AU - Natsukari, Chikara

    AU - Nishioka, Yusuke

    AU - Nobukawa, Kumiko K.

    AU - Nobukawa, Masayoshi

    AU - Noda, Hirofumi

    AU - Nomachi, Masaharu

    AU - Odaka, Hirokazu

    AU - Ogawa, Hiroyuki

    AU - Ogawa, Mina

    AU - Ogi, Keiji

    AU - Ohno, Masanori

    AU - Ohta, Masayuki

    AU - Okajima, Takashi

    AU - Okamoto, Atsushi

    AU - Okazaki, Tsuyoshi

    AU - Ota, Naomi

    AU - Ozaki, Masanobu

    AU - Paerels, Frits

    AU - Paltani, Stéphane

    AU - Parmar, Arvind

    AU - Petre, Robert

    AU - Pinto, Ciro

    AU - De Plaa, Jelle

    AU - Pohl, Martin

    AU - Pontius, James

    AU - Porter, Frederick S.

    AU - Pottschmidt, Katja

    AU - Ramsey, Brian

    AU - Reynolds, Christopher

    AU - Russell, Helen

    AU - Safi-Harb, Samar

    AU - Saito, Shinya

    AU - Sakai, Kazuhiro

    AU - Sakai, Shin Ichiro

    AU - Sameshima, Hiroaki

    AU - Sasaki, Toru

    AU - Sato, Goro

    AU - Sato, Kosuke

    AU - Sato, Rie

    AU - Sato, Yoichi

    AU - Sawada, Makoto

    AU - Schartel, Norbert

    AU - Serlemitsos, Peter J.

    AU - Seta, Hiromi

    AU - Shibano, Yasuko

    AU - Shida, Maki

    AU - Shidatsu, Megumi

    AU - Shimada, Takanobu

    AU - Shinozaki, Keisuke

    AU - Shirron, Peter

    AU - Simionescu, Aurora

    AU - Simmons, Cynthia

    AU - Smith, Randall K.

    AU - Sneiderman, Gary

    AU - Soong, Yang

    AU - Stawarz, Łukasz

    AU - Sugawara, Yasuharu

    AU - Sugita, Satoshi

    AU - Sugita, Hiroyuki

    AU - Szymkowiak, Andrew

    AU - Tajima, Hiroyasu

    AU - Takahashi, Hiromitsu

    AU - Shin'ichiro, Takeda

    AU - Takei, Yoh

    AU - Tamagawa, Toru

    AU - Tamura, Takayuki

    AU - Tamura, Keisuke

    AU - Tanaka, Takaaki

    AU - Tanaka, Yasuo

    AU - Tanaka, Yasuyuki T.

    AU - Tashiro, Makoto S.

    AU - Tawara, Yuzuru

    AU - Terada, Yukikatsu

    AU - Terashima, Yuichi

    AU - Tombesi, Francesco

    AU - Tomida, Hiroshi

    AU - Tsuboi, Yohko

    AU - Tsujimoto, Masahiro

    AU - Tsunemi, Hiroshi

    AU - Tsuru, Takeshi Go

    AU - Uchida, Hiroyuki

    AU - Uchiyama, Hideki

    AU - Uchiyama, Yasunobu

    AU - Ueda, Shutaro

    AU - Ueda, Yoshihiro

    AU - Ueno, Shiro

    AU - Shin'ichiro, Uno

    AU - Megan Urry, C.

    AU - Ursino, Eugenio

    AU - De Vries, Cor P.

    AU - Wada, Atsushi

    AU - Watanabe, Shin

    AU - Watanabe, Tomomi

    AU - Werner, Norbert

    AU - Wik, Daniel R.

    AU - Wilkins, Dan R.

    AU - Williams, Brian J.

    AU - Yamada, Shinya

    AU - Yamada, Takahiro

    AU - Yamaguchi, Hiroya

    AU - Yamaoka, Kazutaka

    AU - Yamasaki, Noriko Y.

    AU - Yamauchi, Makoto

    AU - Yamauchi, Shigeo

    AU - Yaqoob, Tahir

    AU - Yatsu, Yoichi

    AU - Yonetoku, Daisuke

    AU - Yoshida, Atsumasa

    AU - Yuasa, Takayuki

    AU - Zhuravleva, Irina

    AU - Zoghbi, Abderahmen

    PY - 2018/4/1

    Y1 - 2018/4/1

    N2 - The Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission is the sixth Japanese x-ray astronomy satellite developed by a large international collaboration, including Japan, USA, Canada, and Europe. The mission aimed to provide the highest energy resolution ever achieved at E > 2 keV, using a microcalorimeter instrument, and to cover a wide energy range spanning four decades in energy from soft x-rays to gamma rays. After a successful launch on February 17, 2016, the spacecraft lost its function on March 26, 2016, but the commissioning phase for about a month provided valuable information on the onboard instruments and the spacecraft system, including astrophysical results obtained from first light observations. The paper describes the Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission, its capabilities, the initial operation, and the instruments/spacecraft performances confirmed during the commissioning operations for about a month.

    AB - The Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission is the sixth Japanese x-ray astronomy satellite developed by a large international collaboration, including Japan, USA, Canada, and Europe. The mission aimed to provide the highest energy resolution ever achieved at E > 2 keV, using a microcalorimeter instrument, and to cover a wide energy range spanning four decades in energy from soft x-rays to gamma rays. After a successful launch on February 17, 2016, the spacecraft lost its function on March 26, 2016, but the commissioning phase for about a month provided valuable information on the onboard instruments and the spacecraft system, including astrophysical results obtained from first light observations. The paper describes the Hitomi (ASTRO-H) mission, its capabilities, the initial operation, and the instruments/spacecraft performances confirmed during the commissioning operations for about a month.

    KW - Gamma ray

    KW - Gamma-ray astronomy

    KW - Hard x-ray

    KW - Microcalorimeter

    KW - X-ray

    KW - X-ray astronomy

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    U2 - 10.1117/1.JATIS.4.2.021402

    DO - 10.1117/1.JATIS.4.2.021402

    M3 - Review article

    VL - 4

    JO - Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems

    JF - Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems

    SN - 2329-4124

    IS - 2

    M1 - 021402

    ER -