The Kaguya gamma-ray spectrometer: Instrumentation and in-flight performances

M. Kobayashi*, Nobuyuki Hasebe, T. Miyachi, M. Fujii, E. Shibamura, O. Okudaira, Y. Karouji, M. Hareyama, T. Takashima, S. Kobayashi, C. D'Uston, S. Maurice, N. Yamashita, Robert C. Reedy

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    A Gamma-Ray Spectrometer (GRS) had been developed as a part of the science payload for the first Japanese lunar explorer, Kaguya. The Kaguya was successfully launched from Tanegashima Space Center on September 14, 2007 and was injected into an orbit around the Moon and the mission ended on June 11, 2009. The Kaguya GRS (hereafter KGRS) has a large-volume Ge semiconductor detector of 252 cc as the main detector and bismuth-germanate and plastic scintillators as an active shielding. The Ge detector achieved an energy resolution of 3.0 keV (FWHM) for 1332 keV gamma ray in ground test despite the use of a mechanical cryocooler and observed gamma rays in energies ranging 0.2 to 12 MeV in lunar orbit. It was the first use of a Ge detector for lunar exploration. During the mission, KGRS participated in geochemical survey and investigated the elemental compositions of subsurface materials of the Moon. In this paper, we summarize the overview of the KGRS describing the design and in-flight performance of the instrument. This paper provides basic information required for reading science articles regarding the KGRS's observation data.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberP04010
    JournalJournal of Instrumentation
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr


    • Cryocoolers
    • Gamma detectors
    • Gamma detectors (scintillators, CZT, HPG, HgI etc)
    • Space instrumentation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Instrumentation
    • Mathematical Physics


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