Hitomi Microcalorimeter Array Animation (4k)

  • Released Wednesday, July 6, 2016
  • Updated Monday, November 25, 2019 at 3:00PM
  • ID: 12160

This animation illustrates how the microcalorimeter array at the heart of Hitomi's revolutionary Soft X-ray Spectrometer works. X-ray light collected by a telescope strikes the detector. Each photon heats the material by an amount directly proportional to its energy. The instrument, which is cooled to near absolute zero, detects this minute temperature change.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


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