LOFT - The large observatory for x-ray timing

M. Feroci, J.W. Den Herder, A. Argan, R. Campana, E. Del Monte, A. De Rosa, I. Donnarumma, F. Muleri, M. Rapisarda, P. Soffitta, A. Trois, J.J.M. In't Zand, L.M. Kuiper, E. Bozzo, P. Azzarello, T. Courvoisier, C. Ferrigno, A. Manousakis, A. Tramacere, A. AlparM. Van Der Klis, A. Watts, D. Altamirano, P. Uttley, R. Wijers, R. Wijnands, M. Hernanz, L. Alvarez, G.A. Caliandro, J.L. Galvez Sanchez, J. Isern, D. Karelin, A. Papitto, N. Rea, G. Sala, L. Tolos, L. Amati, F. Fuschino, M. Marisaldi, M. Orlandini, D. Barret, C. Amoros, A. Cros, D. Lin, D. Rambaud, N. Webb, N. Andersson, A. Antonelli, V. D'Elia, B. Gendre, P. Giommi, G. Stratta, S. Balman, M. Barbera, A. D'Aí, Di SalvoT., T. Belloni, S. Campana, S. Motta, M. Ahangarianabhari, G. Bertuccio, P. Bodin, D. Macera, A. Bianchini, F. Tamburini, J.-M. Bonnet Bidaud, D. Götz, C. Gouiffes, J. Portel, J. Rodriguez, S. Schanne, A. Santangelo, S. Boutloukos, S. Diebold, D. Klochkov, K. Kokkotas, C. Labanti, D. Maier, F. Oze, E. Perinati, S. Suchy, V. Sulemainov, C. Tenzer, P. Uter, H. Wende, J. Braga, P. Rodríguez-Gi, Søren Brandt, Carl Budtz-Jørgensen, Jérôme Chenevez, Flemming Hansen, Allan Hornstrup, Irfan Kuvvetli, Niels Lund, S. Migliari, J.M. Miller, N. Bucciantini, L. Burderi, M. Bursa, R. Hudec, V. Karas, V. Sochora, A. Fabian, M. Pohl, F.R. Cadoux, Y. Favre, P. Cais, L. Stella, P. Casella, G. Israel, D. Chakrabarty, J. Homan, M. Nowak, R. Remillard, N. Weinberg, S. Zane, J. Coker, D. Kataria, T. Kennedy, D. Linder, R. Mignani, A. Smith, P.J. Smith, D. Walton, B. Winter, R. Artigue, A. Cumming, D. De Martino, A. Drago, C. Guidorzi, M. Durant, M. Falanga, C. Feldman, G.W. Fraser, A. Martindale, P. O'Brien, J.P. Osborne, S. Vaughan, M.H. Finger, D.K. Galloway, A. Heger, R. Cole, A.B. Giles, M. Gilfanov, S. Di Cosimo, P. Groot, D.H. Hartmann, C.A. Haswell, A.J. Norton, C.A. Wilson-Hodge, J. Huovelin, S. Korpela, A. Ingram, L. Izzo, Y. Evangelista, E. Brown, P. Kaaret, L. Keek, W. Kluzniak, A. Zdziarski, C. Kouveliotou, D. Lai, F.K. Lamb, G. Lodato, F. Longo, M. Grassi, P. Malcovati, G. Cusumano, V. Mangano, T. Mineo, P. Romano, B. Stelzer, S. Vercellone, D.M. Smith, S. Bianchi, G. Matt, A. Melatos, M. Mendez, A. Sanna, P. Soleri, S. Gezari, M.C. Miller, C. Reynolds, M. Reina Aranda, L. Sabau-Graziati, S. Morsink, C. Motch, M. Mouchet, E. Garcia-Berro, P. Orleanski, R. Wawrzaszek, R. Osten, D. Psaltis, B. Paul, R. Hudec, V. Petracek, J. Poutanen, N. Zampa, L. Pacciani, G. Ramsay, A. Rachevski, A. Vacchi, G. Zampa, P.S. Ray, K. Wood, P. Jonker, S. Reddy, P. Reig, D. Haas, E.M.R. Rossi, F. Ryde, R. Salvaterra, J. Schee, Z. Stuchlik, G. Torok, J. Wilms, I. Kreykenbohm, C. Schmid, M. Wille, A. Schwenk, A.D. Schwope, A. Shearer, B. Stappers, N. Stergioulas, T.E. Strohmayer, T. Takahashi, S. Watanabe, J.M. Torrejon, D.F. Torres, V. Vrba, P. Wheatley, M. Orio, L. Zampieri, B. Zhang, S. Turriziani, G. Giovannini, M. Giroletti, M. Orienti, G. Baldazzi, P. Rodríguez-Gi, A. Goldwurm, F. Lebrun, P. Varniere, M. Barbera, A. Collura, D. Emmanoulopoulos, T.J. Maccarone, I.M. McHardy, R. Mignani, A. Markowitz, P. Reig, G. Miniutti, M. Orio, M. Feroci, E. Cackett, R. Campana, E. Del Monte, Y. Evangelista, F. Muleri, L. Pacciani, M. Rapisarda, J.-Y. Seyler

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    Abstract

    The LOFT mission concept is one of four candidates selected by ESA for the M3 launch opportunity as Medium Size missions of the Cosmic Vision programme. The launch window is currently planned for between 2022 and 2024. LOFT is designed to exploit the diagnostics of rapid X-ray flux and spectral variability that directly probe the motion of matter down to distances very close to black holes and neutron stars, as well as the physical state of ultradense matter. These primary science goals will be addressed by a payload composed of a Large Area Detector (LAD) and a Wide Field Monitor (WFM). The LAD is a collimated (
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
    Volume8443
    Pages (from-to)84432D
    Number of pages16
    ISSN0277-786X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Amsterdam RAI Convention Ctr., Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 1 Jul 20126 Jul 2012
    Conference number: 8443

    Conference

    ConferenceSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
    Number8443
    LocationAmsterdam RAI Convention Ctr.
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    CityAmsterdam
    Period01/07/201206/07/2012

    Keywords

    • Experiments
    • Gamma rays
    • Space telescopes
    • Stars
    • X ray spectroscopy
    • Buildings

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