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XIAO: a soft x-ray telescope for the SVOM mission
Author(s): S. Mereghetti; A. De Luca; M. Fiorini; N. La Palombara; A. Tiengo; M. Uslenghi; G. Vianello; G. Villa; A. Zambra; A. Moretti; S. Basso; S. Campana; P. Conconi; V. Cotroneo; S. Covino; G. Ghirlanda; G. Ghisellini; G. Pareschi; G. Tagliaferri; M. Trifoglio; L. Amati; F. Gianotti; L. Stella; A. Antonelli; B. Cordier; D. Götz
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Paper Abstract

The study of Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) is a key field to expand our understanding of several astrophysical and cosmological phenomena. SVOM is a Chinese-French Mission which will permit to detect and rapidly locate GRBs, in particular those at high redshift, and to study their multiwavelength emission. The SVOM satellite, to be launched in 2013, will carry wide field instruments operating in the X-/γ-ray band and narrow field optical and soft X-ray telescopes. Here we describe a small soft X-ray telescope (XIAO) proposed as an Italian contribution to the SVOM mission. Thanks to a grazing incidence X-ray telescope with effective area of ~120 cm2 and a short focal length, coupled to a very compact, low noise, fast read out CCD camera, XIAO can substantially contribute to the overall SVOM capabilities for both GRB and non-GRB science.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7011, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 70111T (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788809
Show Author Affiliations
S. Mereghetti, INAF-IASF (Italy)
A. De Luca, INAF-IASF (Italy)
M. Fiorini, INAF-IASF (Italy)
N. La Palombara, INAF-IASF (Italy)
A. Tiengo, INAF-IASF (Italy)
M. Uslenghi, INAF-IASF (Italy)
G. Vianello, INAF-IASF (Italy)
G. Villa, INAF-IASF (Italy)
A. Zambra, INAF-IASF (Italy)
A. Moretti, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
S. Basso, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
S. Campana, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
P. Conconi, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
V. Cotroneo, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
S. Covino, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
G. Ghirlanda, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
G. Ghisellini, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
G. Pareschi, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
G. Tagliaferri, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
M. Trifoglio, INAF-IASF (Italy)
L. Amati, INAF-IASF (Italy)
F. Gianotti, INAF-IASF (Italy)
L. Stella, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
A. Antonelli, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
B. Cordier, CEA Saclay, Service d'Astrophysique (France)
D. Götz, CEA Saclay, Service d'Astrophysique (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7011:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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