10 November 1998 Verification of the Astro-E Hard X-ray Detector based on newly developed ground support equipment
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We report the first results of the ground test of the Hard X-ray Detector (HXD) on board the Astro-E mission, by means of the newly developed Ground Support Equipment (GSE). Astro-E will be launched in 2000 by a Japanese M-V rocket. In order to verify the detector system during the limited time before launch, fast and versatile GSE is necessary. For this, we have developed a flexible test system based on nine VME I/O boards for a SUN workstation. These boards carry reconfigurable Field Programmable Gate Arrays with 50,000 gates, together with 1 Mbyte SRAM devices tightly coupled to each FPGA device. As an application of using this GSE, we have tested the performance of a phoswitch unit of the Flight Model of the HXD. In this paper, we present a schematic view of the GSE highlighting the functional design,and the result of our ground test of the HXD-sensor under the high count rate environment expected in orbit.
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Jun Kataoka, Jun Kataoka, Masaharu Nomachi, Masaharu Nomachi, Tadayuki Takahashi, Tadayuki Takahashi, Ginga Kawaguti, Ginga Kawaguti, Yukikatsu Terada, Yukikatsu Terada, Toshio Murakami, Toshio Murakami, Chiharu Tanihata, Chiharu Tanihata, Yasuhiro Uchiyama, Yasuhiro Uchiyama, Kazutaka Yamaoka, Kazutaka Yamaoka, Yasushi Fukazawa, Yasushi Fukazawa, Tuneyoshi Kamae, Tuneyoshi Kamae, Kazuo Makishima, Kazuo Makishima, Makoto Tashiro, Makoto Tashiro, Hidetoshi Kubo, Hidetoshi Kubo, } "Verification of the Astro-E Hard X-ray Detector based on newly developed ground support equipment", Proc. SPIE 3445, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy IX, (10 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.330272; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.330272
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