Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

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Symbol P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-EM Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Electromagnetism & Space Environment

[P-EM19] Heliosphere and Interplanetary Space

Wed. May 25, 2016 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL6)

Convener:*Ken Tsubouchi(Tokyo Institute of Technology), Masaki N Nishino(Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University), Yasuhiro Nariyuki(Faculty of Human Development, University of Toyama)

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

[PEM19-P02] Solar neutron observations with ChubuSat-2 satellite

*Kazutaka Yamaoka1, Takuya Miyazawa1, Shinji Oseki1, Yasunori Babazaki1, Yuki Hayashi1, Daisuke Ishihara1, Kazuya Itoh1, Hidehiro Kaneda1, Hiroaki Kawahara1, Shin Kubo2, Koji Matsushita1, Kikuko Miyata1, Hosei Nagano1, Yasutaka Narusawa1, Masaki Nishino1, Sosuke Noda1, Daeil Park1, Masaaki Sadamoto2, Hiroyasu Tajima1, Keisuke Tamura1, Hidetaka Tanaka1, Tam Dao1, Toyoki Watabe1, Qidong Zhou1 (1.Nagoya University, 2.Clear Pulse Co Ltd.)

Keywords:Sun, Neutron, Satellite observations

Solar neutron observation is a key in understanding of ion accerelation mechanism in the Sun surface since neutrons are hardly affected by magnetic field around the Sun and intersteller mediums unlike charged particles. However, there was only a few tenth detections so far since its discovery in 1982. Actually SEDA-AP Fiber detector (FIB) onboard the International Space Station (ISS) was suffered from a high neutron background produced by the ISS itself.
ChubuSat is a series of 50-kg class microsatellite jointly depeloped by universities (Nagoya university and Daido university) and aerospace companies at the Chubu area of central Japan. The ChubuSat-2 is the second ChubuSat following the ChubuSat-1 which was launched by Russian DNEPR rocket on November 6, 2014. It was selected as one of four piggyback payloads of the X-ray astronomy satellite ASTRO-H in 2014 summer, and will be launched by the H-IIA launch vehcles from from JAXA Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) in February 2016. The ChubuSat-2 carries a mission instrument,
radiation detector (RD). The main mission of ChubuSat-2 is devoted for monitoring neutrons and gamma-rays which can be background source for ASTRO-H celestrial observations with the RD. The mission also involves a function of solar neutron observations which were originally proposed by graduate students who join the leadership development program for space exploration and research, program for leading graduate schools at Nagoya University. The RD has a similar detection area and efficiency to those of the SEDA-AP FIB, but is expected to have lower backgrounthan the ISS thanks to much smaller mass of the micro-satellite. In this paper, we will describe details of ChubuSat-2 satellite and RD, and in-orbit performance of RD.