Suzaku Technology

Engineering model of Suzaku

Photo of an engineering model – not the real Suzaku satellite but very similar – without its outer panels. The big round structure in the lower middle is the solid neon tank of the XRS.

Suzaku carried three different kinds of instruments, allowing it to detect X-rays with energies from 0.2 to 700 keV (which translates to wavelengths ranging from 0.02 to 60 Ångstroms

The detectors sit at the focal plane of Suzaku’s five foil X-ray Telescopes (XRTs), four of which are used for the XIS and one for the XRS. These telescopes collect and focus X-rays so they can be detected by the XIS and XRS. With Suzaku, all of the telescopes are “co-aligned”, which means that they all watch the same part of the sky at the same time. With some satellites astronomers have to chose which detector they want to use at a given time, but with Suzaku, they don’t have to choose – all of the instruments can see the same part of the sky.

Use the links above to learn a little more about each of the Suzaku instruments, or visit the main Technology page to learn how astronomers capture X-rays and about how each of these detectors work.