The large observatory for x-ray timing

M. Feroci, J. W. Den Herder, E. Bozzo, D. Barret, S. Brandt, M. Hernanz, M. Van Der Klis, M. Pohl, A. Santangelo, L. Stella, A. Watts, J. Wilms, S. Zane, M. Ahangarianabhari, C. Albertus, M. Alford, A. Alpar, D. Altamirano, L. Alvarez, L. AmatiC. Amoros, N. Andersson, A. Antonelli, A. Argan, R. Artigue, B. Artigues, J. L. Atteia, P. Azzarello, P. Bakala, G. Baldazzi, S. Balman, M. Barbera, C. Van Baren, S. Bhattacharyya, A. Baykal, T. Belloni, F. Bernardini, G. Bertuccio, S. Bianchi, A. Bianchini, P. Binko, P. Blay, F. Bocchino, P. Bodin, I. Bombaci, J. M. Bonnet Bidaud, S. Boutloukos, L. Bradley, J. Braga, E. Brown, N. Bucciantini, L. Burderi, M. Burgay, M. Bursa, C. Budtz-Jørgensen, E. Cackett, F. R. Cadoux, P. Caïs, G. A. Caliandro, R. Campana, S. Campana, F. Capitanio, J. Casares, P. Casella, A. J. Castro-Tirado, E. Cavazzuti, P. Cerda-Duran, D. Chakrabarty, F. Château, J. Chenevez, J. Coker, R. Cole, A. Collura, R. Cornelisse, T. Courvoisier, A. Cros, A. Cumming, G. Cusumano, A. D'ai, V. D'elia, E. Del Monte, A. De Luca, D. De Martino, J. P.C. Dercksen, M. De Pasquale, A. De Rosa, M. Del Santo, S. Di Cosimo, S. Diebold, T. Di Salvo, I. Donnarumma, A. Drago, M. Durant, D. Emmanoulopoulos, M. H. Erkut, P. Esposito, Y. Evangelista, A. Fabian, M. Falanga, Y. Favre, C. Feldman, V. Ferrari, C. Ferrigno, M. Finger, M. H. Finger, G. W. Fraser, M. Frericks, F. Fuschino, M. Gabler, D. K. Galloway, J. L. Galvez Sanchez, E. Garcia-Berro, B. Gendre, S. Gezari, A. B. Giles, M. Gilfanov, P. Giommi, G. Giovannini, M. Giroletti, E. Gogus, A. Goldwurm, K. Goluchová, D. Götz, C. Gouiffes, M. Grassi, P. Groot, M. Gschwender, L. Gualtieri, C. Guidorzi, L. Guy, D. Haas, P. Haensel, M. Hailey, F. Hansen, D. H. Hartmann, C. A. Haswell, K. Hebeler, A. Heger, W. Hermsen, J. Homan, A. Hornstrup, R. Hudec, J. Huovelin, A. Ingram, J. J.M. In't Zand, G. Israel, K. Iwasawa, L. Izzo, H. M. Jacobs, F. Jetter, T. Johannsen, P. Jonker, J. Josè, P. Kaaret, G. Kanbach, V. Karas, D. Karelin, D. Kataria, L. Keek, T. Kennedy, D. Klochkov, W. Kluzniak, K. Kokkotas, S. Korpela, C. Kouveliotou, I. Kreykenbohm, L. M. Kuiper, I. Kuvvetli, C. Labanti, D. Lai, F. K. Lamb, P. P. Laubert, F. Lebrun, D. Lin, D. Linder, G. Lodato, F. Longo, N. Lund, T. J. Maccarone, D. Macera, S. Maestre, S. Mahmoodifar, D. Maier, P. Malcovati, I. Mandel, V. Mangano, A. Manousakis, M. Marisaldi, A. Markowitz, A. Martindale, G. Matt, I. M. Mchardy, A. Melatos, M. Mendez, S. Mereghetti, M. Michalska, S. Migliari, R. Mignani, M. C. Miller, J. M. Miller, T. Mineo, G. Miniutti, S. Morsink, C. Motch, S. Motta, M. Mouchet, G. Mouret, J. Mulaová, F. Muleri, T. Muñoz-Darias, I. Negueruela, J. Neilsen, A. J. Norton, M. Nowak, P. O'brien, P. E.H. Olsen, M. Orienti, M. Orio, M. Orlandini, P. Orleaaski, J. P. Osborne, R. Osten, F. Ozel, L. Pacciani, M. Paolillo, A. Papitto, J. M. Paredes, A. Patruno, B. Paul, E. Perinati, A. Pellizzoni, A. V. Penacchioni, M. A. Perez, V. Petracek, C. Pittori, J. Pons, J. Portell, A. Possenti, J. Poutanen, M. Prakash, P. Le Provost, D. Psaltis, D. Rambaud, P. Ramon, G. Ramsay, M. Rapisarda, A. Rachevski, I. Rashevskaya, P. S. Ray, N. Rea, S. Reddy, P. Reig, M. Reina Aranda, R. Remillard, C. Reynolds, L. Rezzolla, M. Ribo, R. De La Rie, A. Riggio, A. Rios, P. Rodríguez-Gil, J. Rodriguez, R. Rohlfs, P. Romano, E. M.R. Rossi, A. Rozanska, A. Rousseau, F. Ryde, L. Sabau-Graziati, G. Sala, R. Salvaterra, A. Sanna, J. Sandberg, S. Scaringi, S. Schanne, J. Schee, C. Schmid, S. Shore, R. Schneider, A. Schwenk, A. D. Schwope, J. Y. Seyler, A. Shearer, A. Smith, D. M. Smith, P. J. Smith, V. Sochora, P. Soffitta, P. Soleri, A. Spencer, B. Stappers, A. W. Steiner, N. Stergioulas, G. Stratta, T. E. Strohmayer, Z. Stuchlik, S. Suchy, V. Sulemainov, T. Takahashi, F. Tamburini, T. Tauris, C. Tenzer, L. Tolos, F. Tombesi, J. Tomsick, G. Torok, J. M. Torrejon, D. F. Torres, A. Tramacere, A. Trois, R. Turolla, S. Turriziani, P. Uter, P. Uttley, A. Vacchi, P. Varniere, S. Vaughan, S. Vercellone, V. Vrba, D. Walton, S. Watanabe, R. Wawrzaszek, N. Webb, N. Weinberg, H. Wende, P. Wheatley, R. Wijers, R. Wijnands, M. Wille, C. A. Wilson-Hodge, B. Winter, K. Wood, G. Zampa, N. Zampa, L. Zampieri, L. Zdunik, A. Zdziarski, B. Zhang, F. Zwart, M. Ayre, T. Boenke, C. Corral Van Damme, Erik Kuulkers, D. Lumb

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Abstract

The Large Observatory For x-ray Timing (LOFT) was studied within ESA M3 Cosmic Vision framework and participated in the final downselection for a launch slot in 2022-2024. Thanks to the unprecedented combination of effective area and spectral resolution of its main instrument, LOFT will study the behaviour of matter under extreme conditions, such as the strong gravitational field in the innermost regions of accretion flows close to black holes and neutron stars, and the supranuclear densities in the interior of neutron stars. The science payload is based on a Large Area Detector (LAD, 10 m2 effective area, 2-30 keV, 240 eV spectral resolution, 1° collimated field of view) and a Wide Field Monitor (WFM, 2-50 keV, 4 steradian field of view, 1 arcmin source location accuracy, 300 eV spectral resolution). The WFM is equipped with an on-board system for bright events (e.g. GRB) localization. The trigger time and position of these events are broadcast to the ground within 30 s from discovery. In this paper we present the status of the mission at the end of its Phase A study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
EditorsTadayuki Takahashi, Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Mark Bautz
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9780819496126
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jun 22 2014Jun 26 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9144
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period6/22/146/26/14

Keywords

  • X-ray detectors
  • X-ray imaging
  • X-ray spectroscopy
  • X-ray timing
  • compact objects
  • microchannel plates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Feroci, M., Den Herder, J. W., Bozzo, E., Barret, D., Brandt, S., Hernanz, M., Van Der Klis, M., Pohl, M., Santangelo, A., Stella, L., Watts, A., Wilms, J., Zane, S., Ahangarianabhari, M., Albertus, C., Alford, M., Alpar, A., Altamirano, D., Alvarez, L., ... Lumb, D. (2014). The large observatory for x-ray timing. In T. Takahashi, J-W. A. den Herder, & M. Bautz (Eds.), Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray [91442T] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 9144). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055913