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Calibration strategies for the LAD instrument on-board LOFT
Author(s): Luigi Pacciani; Paolo Soffitta; Andrea Argan; Didier Barret; Enrico Bozzo; Marco Feroci; George W. Fraser; Jan-Willem den Herder; Martin Pohl; Christian Schmid; Chris Tenzer; Andrea Vacchi; Dave Walton; Gianluigi Zampa; Silvia Zane
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Paper Abstract

The Scientific objectives of the LOFT mission, e.g., the study of the Neutron Star equation of state and of the Strong Gravity, require accurate energy, time and flux calibration for the 516k channels of the SDD detectors, as well as the knowledge of the detector dead time and of the detector response with respect to the incident angle of the photons. We report here the evaluations made to assess the calibration issues for the LAD instrument. The strategies for both ground and on-board calibrations, including astrophysical observations, show that the goals are achievable within the current technologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84435N (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926628
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Luigi Pacciani, IAPS/INAF Roma (Italy)
INFN (Italy)
Paolo Soffitta, IAPS/INAF Roma (Italy)
Andrea Argan, INAF HQ (Italy)
Didier Barret, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie and Univ. de Toulouse (France)
Enrico Bozzo, ISDC (Switzerland)
Marco Feroci, IAPS/INAF Roma (Italy)
INFN (Italy)
George W. Fraser, Leicester Univ. (United Kingdom)
Jan-Willem den Herder, SRON Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
Martin Pohl, Institut für Physik und Astronomie, Univ. of Potsdam (Germany)
Christian Schmid, Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
Chris Tenzer, Institut für Astronomie and Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
Andrea Vacchi, INFN (Italy)
Dave Walton, Mullard Space Science Lab., Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Gianluigi Zampa, INFN (Italy)
Silvia Zane, Mullard Space Science Lab., Univ. College London (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8443:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Stephen S. Murray; Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Editor(s)

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