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The large area detector of LOFT: the Large Observatory for X-ray Timing
Author(s): S. Zane; D. Walton; T. Kennedy; M. Feroci; J.-W Den Herder; M. Ahangarianabhari; A. Argan; P. Azzarello; G. Baldazzi; M. Barbera; D. Barret; G. Bertuccio; P. Bodin; E. Bozzo; L. Bradley; F. Cadoux; P Cais; R. Campana; J. Coker; A. Cros; E. Del Monte; A. De Rosa; S. Di Cosimo; I. Donnarumma; Y. Evangelista; Y. Favre; C. Feldman; G. Fraser; F. Fuschino; M. Grassi; M. R. Hailey; R. Hudec; C. Labanti; P. Malcovati; D. Macera; M. Marisaldi; A. Martindale; T. Mineo; F. Muleri; M. Nowak; M. Orlandini; L. Pacciani; E. Perinati; V. Petracek; M. Pohl; A. Rachevski; P. Smith; A. Santangelo; J.-Y. Seyler; C. Schmid; P. Soffitta; S. Suchy; C. Tenzer; P. Uttley; A. Vacchi; G. Zampa; N. Zampa; J. Wilms; B. Winter
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Paper 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.

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Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 91442W (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054654
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S. Zane, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
D. Walton, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. Kennedy, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. Feroci, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
J.-W Den Herder, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
M. Ahangarianabhari, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
A. Argan, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
P. Azzarello, ISDC Data Ctr. for Astrophysics, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
G. Baldazzi, Univ. degli Studi di Bologna (Italy)
INFN (Italy)
M. Barbera, Univ. degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)
INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
D. Barret, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (France)
G. Bertuccio, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
P. Bodin, Ctr. National d’Etudes Spatiales (France)
E. Bozzo, ISDC Data Ctr. for Astrophysics, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
L. Bradley, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
F. Cadoux, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
P Cais, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, CNRS, Univ. de Bordeaux (France)
R. Campana, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
J. Coker, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Cros, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (France)
E. Del Monte, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
A. De Rosa, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
S. Di Cosimo, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
I. Donnarumma, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Y. Evangelista, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Y. Favre, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
C. Feldman, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
G. Fraser, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
F. Fuschino, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
M. Grassi, Univ. degli Studi di Pavia (Italy)
M. R. Hailey, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
R. Hudec, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
C. Labanti, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
P. Malcovati, Univ. degli Studi di Pavia (Italy)
D. Macera, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
M. Marisaldi, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
A. Martindale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
T. Mineo, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica di Palermo (Italy)
F. Muleri, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
M. Nowak, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
M. Orlandini, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
L. Pacciani, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
E. Perinati, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik Tübingen, Eberhard Karls Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
V. Petracek, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
M. Pohl, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
A. Rachevski, INFN (Italy)
P. Smith, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Santangelo, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik Tübingen, Eberhard Karls Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
J.-Y. Seyler, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, CNRS, Univ. de Bordeaux (France)
C. Schmid, Dr.-Remeis-Sternwarte, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
Erlangen Ctr. for Astroparticle Physics (Germany)
P. Soffitta, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
S. Suchy, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik Tübingen, Eberhard Karls Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
C. Tenzer, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik Tübingen, Eberhard Karls Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
P. Uttley, Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, Univ. of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
A. Vacchi, INFN (Italy)
G. Zampa, INFN (Italy)
N. Zampa, INFN (Italy)
J. Wilms, Dr.-Remeis-Sternwarte, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
Erlangen Ctr. for Astroparticle Physics (Germany)
B. Winter, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9144:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Mark Bautz, Editor(s)

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