e2v Image Sensors on Board JAXA's Hinode Satellite Capture an Image of a Solar Eclipse

Sun Feb 3, 2013 8:00pm EST

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  TOKYO, Feb 03 (Marketwire) -- 
On 14th November 2012, e2v image sensors on board the Japanese Aerospace
Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hinode satellite captured an image of the
moon travelling across the front of the Sun.

    Launched in 2006, Hinode (formerly known as Solar-B) is a mission to
explore the magnetic fields of the Sun. By studying the Sun's magnetic
field, scientists hope to shed new light on explosive solar activity that
can interfere with satellite communications and electric power
transmission grids on Earth. 

    e2v supplied Charge Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors for all three of
the science instruments on board Hinode - the Solar Optical Telescope
(SOT), X-ray Telescope (XRT) and the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging
Spectrometer (EIS). These sensors are based upon e2v's highly successful
CCD42 range which has enabled many space borne science missions. A custom
variant was designed and manufactured for Hinode to enable high
sensitivity to soft x-rays, by use of e2v's back thinning process and
surface treatment.

    Taro Sakao, Principal Investigator of the x-ray telescope in Japan and
also Hinode Project Manager for ISAS/JAXA said "I am very pleased to see
the XRT image sensors from e2v continuing to operate perfectly after over
6 years in orbit and delivering such fine x-ray pictures of the solar
corona. The successful delivery of the CCDs and their excellent flight
performance was made possible because of the close collaboration between
e2v and the Solar-B project team over a period of nearly 20 years. I look
forward to e2v's scientific CCDs aboard Hinode continuing to provide
high-quality scientific data and helping us to further understand the
physics of the Sun."

    Jon Kemp, marketing and applications manager at e2v said "e2v is proud to
have supplied the image sensors used by all three instruments on JAXA's
Hinode mission. As well as capturing this amazing image of the recent
solar eclipse, their findings help to increase our understanding of our
Sun and its impact on our world."

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high performance systems and equipment; delivering solutions, sub-systems
and components for applications within medical & science, aerospace &
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    e2v employs approximately 1650 people, has design and operational
facilities across Europe, North America and Asia, and has a global
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March 2012, e2v reported sales of GBP235m and is listed on the London
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