How will we make use of ultra-high precision spectral data?

Once ASTRO-H has been launched and observations have begun, research will begin. The data provided by Astro-H will contain a great volume of information. In particular, the precision of the data from the the micro-calorimeter (SXS) will represent a leap forward in comparison with previous X-ray detectors. The SXS will yield detailed, precise data on the spectra of astronomical objects, enabling us to gain deep insights into the physics of these objects. Looking at it another way this means that to be able to properly decode these data so that hypotheses can be tested, scientists will need both to prepare differently and to take new approaches to data analysis. As one part of this new preparation, a week-long workshop featuring both Japanese and international colleagues was held at Aoyama University. Lecturers from Japan and Holland made presentations to the roughly 70 attendees, and lively discussions were held. Including the workshop planners, more than half of the attendees were young researchers in their 20’s and 30’s, fresh perspectives to the proceedings. Everyone appeared to be very satisfied!

(This conference took place under the aegis of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, as part of a bilateral program.)



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