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Title: Optimisation of the design for the LOFT large area detector module
Authors: Walton, D.
Winter, B.
Zane, S.
Kennedy, T.
Coker, A. J.
Feroci, M.
Den Herder, J-W.
Argan, A.
Azzarello, P.
Barret, D.
Bradley, L.
Cadoux, F.
Cros, A.
Evangelista, Y.
Favre, Y.
Fraser, G.
Hailey, M. R.
Hunt, T.
Martindale, Adrian
Muleri, F.
Pacciani, L.
Pohl, M.
Smith, P.
Santangelo, A.
Suchy, S.
Tenzer, C.
Zampa, G.
Zampa, N.
First Published: 28-Jul-2014
Presented at: Conference on Space Telescopes and Instrumentation - Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, Montreal, CANADA
Start Date: 22-Jun-2014
End Date: 26-Jun-2014
Publisher: Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Citation: Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 914462
Abstract: LOFT (Large Observatory for X-ray Timing) is an X-ray timing observatory that, with four other candidates, was considered by ESA as an M3 mission (with launch in 2022-2024) and has been studied during an extensive assessment phase. Its pointed instrument is the Large Area Detector (LAD), a 10 m²-class instrument operating in the 2-30 keV range, which is designed to perform X-ray timing of compact objects with unprecedented resolution down to millisecond time scales. Although LOFT was not downselected for launch, 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. The building block of the LAD instrument is the Module, and in this paper we summarize the rationale for the module concept, the characteristics of the module and the trade-offs/optimisations which have led to the current design.
DOI Link: 10.1117/12.2056682
ISSN: 0277-786X
eISSN: 1996-756X
Version: Post-print
Type: Conference Paper
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.
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