Technical Description and Planning Tools
Suzaku Technical Description
The following tools are available for preparation of Cycle 9 proposals.
- For count rate simulations, use
PIMMS (the command-line version) or
- We recommend proposers to carry out full spectral simulation
for HXD feasibility. However, as a first cut, PIMMS will provide
approximate exposure times necessary for 3- and 5-sigma detections
in the standard energy bands using the HXD
(1 energy band for the PIN, 2 for the GSO).
- The XIS response files,
XIS blank sky spectra,
XIS night Earth spectra,
HXD response and background files are available for simulation
purposes. The HXD files remain unchanged since Cycle 7; for the XIS,
the responses and the night Earth spectra have been updated for
Cycle 9, but the differences from the Cycle 8 versions are minor.
Simulations can also be performed using
- XIS event simulator, xissim, is avialable as part of
guide on how to use xissim.
- When is a target available?
Check with Viewing, which is
correct for Suzaku. Note that the
allowed range of Sun angles for Suzaku observations
has been reduced to 70-110 degrees;
the Viewing tool has been updated to reflect this change.
- Linux and Solaris versions of
a tool to investigate multi-mission observing windows and instrument
Fields of View, are available (see also
a simpler tool).
- Coordinate Converter.
- Neutral Hydrogen column density
Suzaku Guest Observer Program: Cycle 8 (Closed)
The Suzaku Guest Observer Facility
received 67 proposals
from US-based astronomers.
For the record:
Unpredictable events can be observed with Suzaku as targets
of opportunity (TOO) in two different ways.
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