TELIS-SIR channel




SRON is participating in the Japanese ASTRO-H mission. This mission shall use observations of cosmic X-rays to study collapsing material in the vicinity of black holes, turbulences in clusters of galaxies, the shockwaves caused by supernova explosions and large-scale structures in the universe. Dark matter and the acceleration of cosmic particles to high energies shall also be investigated during the mission. SRON is supplying crucial technology for the Soft X-ray Spectrometer (SXS) of ASTRO-H. This spectrometer shall be the first instrument to simultaneously provide maps and extremely accurate spectra of clusters of galaxies and the remains of supernovas.

The Soft X-ray Spectrometer will be built by the Japanese space agency JAXA/ISAS in collaboration with NASA/GSFC, with contributions from Europe. The planned launch date for ASTRO-H is in 2014.

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