The Large Observatory for x-ray timing

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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
Title of host publicationSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series
PublisherSPIE
Pages91442T
Volume91442T
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2014
Event SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2014, Montréal, Quebec, Canada - Montréal in Quebec, Canada
Duration: 22-Jun-201427-Jun-2014

Conference

Conference SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2014, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
CountryCanada
CityMontréal in Quebec
Period22/06/201427/06/2014

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