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15 June 2006 In-orbit performance of the Suzaku wide-band all-sky monitor
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The X-ray astronomical satellite Suzaku was successfully launched in July 2005. The onboard Wideband All-sky Monitor (WAM) is designed as the second function of the large, thick BGO anti-coincidence shields of the Hard X-ray Detectors (HXD). It views about half of the whole sky and has a geometrical area of 800 cm2 per side, with a large effective area of 400 cm2 even at 1 MeV. Hence, the WAM is expected to provide unique opportunities to detect high energy emission from GRBs and solar flares in the MeV range. In fact, the WAM has detected at least 47 GRBs, although the fine-tuning of the GRB functions is still in progress. The most impressive GRB result is the bright, hard spectrum GRB 051008, which was detected up to 1 MeV with the WAM. We will present here the in-flight performance of the HXD/WAM during the initial eight-months of operations. The in-flight energy response, spectral and timing capabilities, and in-orbit background are described in this paper.
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