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|Title:||The large area detector of LOFT: the Large Observatory for X-ray Timing|
Den Herder, J-W.
Del Monte, E.
De Rosa, A.
Di Cosimo, S.
Hailey, M. R.
|Presented at:||Conference on Space Telescopes and Instrumentation - Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, Montreal, CANADA|
|Publisher:||Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)|
|Citation:||Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 91442W|
|Abstract:||LOFT (Large Observatory for X-ray Timing) is one of the five candidates that were considered by ESA as an M3 mission (with launch in 2022-2024) and has been studied during an extensive assessment phase. It is specifically designed to perform fast X-ray timing and probe the status of the matter near black holes and neutron stars. Its pointed instrument is the Large Area Detector (LAD), a 10 m2-class instrument operating in the 2-30keV range, which holds the capability to revolutionise studies of variability from X-ray sources on the millisecond time scales. The LAD instrument has now completed the assessment phase but was not down-selected for launch. However, during the assessment, most of the trade-offs have been closed leading to a robust and well documented design that will be reproposed in future ESA calls. In this talk, we will summarize the characteristics of the LAD design and give an overview of the expectations for the instrument capabilities.|
|Rights:||Copyright 2014, Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers & Presentations, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy|
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