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Proposal to do fast x-ray timing with XEUS
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Paper Abstract

We describe a proposal for an added capability of fast timing to the European x-ray astronomy mission XEUS. The scientific value of fast timing observations for the investigation of compact objects is recognized and has been demonstrated through observations by the Rossi x-ray Timing Explorer. We propose to make use of the huge collecting area of XEUS for timing studies with unparalleled photon statistics and time resolution. We describe the sceintifc motivation, e.g. to probe strong gravity fields around collapsed objects and to constrain the equation of state of dense matter in neutron stars. We discuss options for the implementation of detectors which coudl be small silicon drift detectors out of focus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4851, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy, (11 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461344
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Ruediger Staubert, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Eckhard Kendziorra, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Didier Barret, Ctr. d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (France)
Gerald K. Skinner, Ctr. d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (France)
Peter Lechner, MPI Halbeleiterlabor (Germany)
L. Stroeder, MPI Halbeleiterlabor (Germany)
Michiel van der Klis, Univ. van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Luigi Stella, Univ. degli Studi di Roma (Italy)
M. C. Miller, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4851:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy
Joachim E. Truemper; Harvey D. Tananbaum, Editor(s)

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