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Optimisation of the design for the LOFT large area detector module
Author(s): D. M. Walton; B. Winter; S. Zane; T. E Kennedy; J. Coker; M. Feroci; J.-W. Den Herder; A. Argan; P. Azzarello; D. Barret; L. J. Bradley; F. Cadoux; A. Cros; Y. Evangelista; Y. Favre; G. W. Fraser; M. R Hailey; T. Hunt; A. Martindale; F. Muleri; L. Pacciani; M. Pohl; P. J. Smith; A. Santangelo; S. Suchy; C. Tenzer; G. Zampa; N. Zampa
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Paper Abstract

The Large Observatory For X-ray Timing (LOFT) is one of the 5 missions considered by ESA as an M3 candidate. The LOFT scientific payload consists of a collimated Large Area Detector (LAD) and a Wide Field Monitor (WFM). The scale of the LAD (10 m² effective area) puts it in a new design space for X-ray astronomy, with resulting implications for design trade-offs, modularity, manufacturing, assembly, test and calibration processes. This paper focuses on the LAD module, which is the building block of the instrument. We present the overall module design, discussing these challenges and how they have been addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2014
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 914462 (28 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056682
Show Author Affiliations
D. M. Walton, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
B. Winter, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
S. Zane, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. E Kennedy, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. Coker, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
M. Feroci, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
INFN (Italy)
J.-W. Den Herder, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
A. Argan, INAF (Italy)
P. Azzarello, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
D. Barret, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, IRAP, CNRS, Univ. de Toulouse (France)
L. J. Bradley, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
F. Cadoux, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
A. Cros, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (France)
Y. Evangelista, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Y. Favre, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
G. W. Fraser, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
M. R Hailey, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. Hunt, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Martindale, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
F. Muleri, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
L. Pacciani, INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
M. Pohl, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
P. J. Smith, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
A. Santangelo, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik Tübingen, Eberhard Karls Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
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)
G. Zampa, INFN (Italy)
N. Zampa, INFN (Italy)


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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