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Concept for an innovative wide-field camera for x-ray astronomy
Author(s): R. Campana; M. Feroci; A. Vacchi; C. Labanti; G. Zampa; E. Del Monte; Y. Evangelista; F. Muleri; L. Pacciani; A. Rubini; P. Soffitta; E. Costa; I. Donnarumma; F. Lazzarotto; M. Mastropietro; E. Morelli; M. Rapisarda; F. Fuschino; M. Marisaldi; V. Bonvicini; A. Rashevsky; N. Zampa; F. Perotti; L. Amati; F. Frontera; L. A. Antonelli; F. Fiore; G. L. Israel; F. Nicastro; M. Orlandini; G. Baldazzi; L. Picolli; M. Grassi; P. Malcovati
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Paper Abstract

The use of large-area, fine-pitch Silicon detectors has demonstrated the feasibility of wide field imaging experiments requesting very low resources in terms of weight, volume, power and costs. The flying SuperAGILE instrument is the first such experiment, adopting large-area Silicon microstrip detectors coupled to one-dimensional coded masks. With less than 10 kg, 12 watt and 0.04 m3 it provides 6-arcmin angular resolution over >1 sr field of view. Due to odd operational conditions, SuperAGILE works in the unfavourable energy range 18-60 keV. In this paper we show that the use of innovative large-area Silicon Drift Detectors allows to design experiments with arcmin-imaging performance over steradian-wide fields of view, in the energy range 2-50 keV, with spectroscopic resolution in the range of 300-570 eV (FWHM) at room temperature. We will show the concept, design and readiness of such an experiment, supported by laboratory tests on large-area prototypes. We will quantify the expected performance in potential applications on X-ray astronomy missions for the observation and long-term monitoring of Galactic and extragalactic transient and persistent sources, as well as localization and fine study of the prompt emission of Gamma-Ray Bursts in soft X-rays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 77324L (30 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857254
Show Author Affiliations
R. Campana, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
M. Feroci, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
A. Vacchi, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
C. Labanti, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
G. Zampa, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
E. Del Monte, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Y. Evangelista, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
F. Muleri, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
L. Pacciani, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
A. Rubini, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
P. Soffitta, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
E. Costa, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
I. Donnarumma, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
F. Lazzarotto, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
M. Mastropietro, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
E. Morelli, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
M. Rapisarda, INAF - IASF Roma (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
F. Fuschino, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
M. Marisaldi, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
V. Bonvicini, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
A. Rashevsky, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
N. Zampa, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
F. Perotti, INAF - IASF Milano (Italy)
L. Amati, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
F. Frontera, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi di Ferrara (Italy)
L. A. Antonelli, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
F. Fiore, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
G. L. Israel, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
F. Nicastro, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
M. Orlandini, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
G. Baldazzi, Univ. degli Studi di Bologna (Italy)
L. Picolli, Univ. degli Studi di Pavia (Italy)
M. Grassi, Univ. degli Studi di Pavia (Italy)
P. Malcovati, Univ. degli Studi di Pavia (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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