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15 July 2008 Hard X-ray imager (HXI) for the NeXT mission
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The Hard X-ray Imager (HXI) is one of three focal plane detectors on board the NeXT (New exploration X-ray Telescope) mission, which is scheduled to be launched in 2013. By use of the hybrid structure composed of double-sided silicon strip detectors and a cadmium telluride strip detector, it fully covers the energy range of photons collected with the hard X-ray telescope up to 80 keV with a high quantum efficiency. High spatial resolutions of 400 micron pitch and energy resolutions of 1-2 keV (FWMH) are at the same time achieved with low noise front-end ASICs. In addition, thick BGO active shields compactly surrounding the main detection part, as a heritage of the successful performance of the Hard X-ray Detector (HXD) on board Suzaku satellite, enable to achive an extremely high background reduction for the cosmic-ray particle background and in-orbit activation. The current status of hardware development including the design requirement, expected performance, and technical readinesses of key technologies are summarized.
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