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H. Kunieda (Nagoya University), Suzaku Team
Suzaku, the fifth Japanese X-ray astronomy satellite, was successfully launched on July 10, 2005. This is a US-Japan collaborative mission. It was equipped with 5 X-ray telescopes and two kinds of focal plane detectors, such as the high resolution spectrometer(XRS) and CCD cameras(XIS). All these instruments have been developed by the collaboration of US and Japanese groups. Another detector system is the hard X-ray detector(HXD) with high sensitivity up to 300 keV. Though XRS became not operational when the liquid He was lost suddenly on August 8, XIS and HXD have started observations in normal modes. Based on the initial observations for a month or so, it turned out to be clear that Suzaku has advantages in two major areas; Soft X-ray sensitivity below 0.7 keV, and Hard X-ray sensitivity up to 300 keV. Suzaku can be characterized by the high sensitivity in such a broad energy band. Highlights of scientific results will be presented by a series of papers in this conference. General observer program was called(AO-1) and to be called(AO-2).
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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