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ISS-Lobster: a low-cost wide-field x-ray transient detector on the ISS
Author(s): Jordan Camp; Scott Barthelmy; Rob Petre; Neil Gehrels; Francis Marshall; Andy Ptak; Judith Racusin
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Paper Abstract

ISS-Lobster is a wide-field X-ray transient detector proposed to be deployed on the International Space Station. Through its unique imaging X-ray optics that allow a 30 deg by 30 deg FoV, a 1 arc min position resolution and a 1.6x10-11 erg/(sec cm2) sensitivity in 2000 sec, ISS-Lobster will observe numerous events per year of X-ray transients related to compact objects, including: tidal disruptions of stars by supermassive black holes, supernova shock breakouts, neutron star bursts and superbursts, high redshift Gamma-Ray Bursts, and perhaps most exciting, X-ray counterparts of gravitational wave detections involving stellar mass and possibly supermassive black holes. The mission includes a 3-axis gimbal system that allows fast Target of Opportunity pointing, and a small gamma-ray burst monitor. In this article we focus on ISS-Lobster measurements of X-ray counterparts of detections by the world-wide ground-based gravitational wave network.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9510, EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space IV, 951007 (12 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2176745
Show Author Affiliations
Jordan Camp, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Scott Barthelmy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Rob Petre, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Francis Marshall, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Andy Ptak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Judith Racusin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9510:
EUV and X-ray Optics: Synergy between Laboratory and Space IV
René Hudec; Ladislav Pina, Editor(s)

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