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Fast timing instrument for XEUS: scientific expectations
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Paper Abstract

X-ray timing with musec time resolution can be used to probe strong gravity fields around collapsed objects and to constrain the equation of state of dense matter in neutron stars. With its large collecting area, XEUS will be ideally suited for very high signal to noise studies of such objects. An instrument dedicated to X-ray timing of bright Galactic sources has thus been foreseen as part of the XEUS instrumentation. In this contribution we present numerical simulations for silicon based detectors (silicon drift detectors and pixel based sensors) for a variety of astrophysical sources such as neutron star power spectra (including kHz quasi-periodic oscillations) and black hole lightcurves to illustrate the expected scientific capabilities of the fast timing mode instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550776
Show Author Affiliations
Jorn Wilms, Univ. of Warwick (United Kingdom)
Eckhard Kendziorra, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tubingen (Germany)
Michael Martin, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tubingen (Germany)
Didier Barret, Ctr. d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (France)
Michael A. Nowak, Chandra X-ray Ctr./Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Lothar Strueder, Max-Planck-Institut Halbleiterlabor (Germany)
Peter Lechner, Max-Planck-Institut Halbleiterlabor (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5488:
UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems
Guenther Hasinger; Martin J. L. Turner, Editor(s)

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