The LOFT (Large Observatory for X-ray Timing) background simulations

R. Campana, M. Feroci, E. Del Monte, Søren Brandt, Carl Budtz-Jørgensen, Niels Lund, J. Alvarez, M. Hernanz, E. Perinati

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The Large Observatory For X-ray Timing (LOFT) is an innovative medium-class mission selected for an assessment phase in the framework of the ESA M3 Cosmic Vision call. LOFT is intended to answer fundamental questions about the behavior of matter in theh very strong gravitational and magnetic fields around compact objects. With an effective area of ~10 m<sup>2</sup> LOFT will be able to measure very fast variability in the X-ray fluxes and spectra. A good knowledge of the in-orbit background environment is essential to assess the scientific performance of the mission and to optimize the instrument design. The two main contributions to the background are cosmic diffuse X-rays and high energy cosmic rays; also, albedo emission from the Earth is significant. These contributions to the background for both the Large Area Detector and the Wide Field Monitor are discussed, on the basis of extrensive Geant-4 simulations of a simplified instrumental mass model.© (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberPART 3
Pages (from-to)84435O
Number of pages9
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


ConferenceSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
LocationAmsterdam RAI Convention Ctr.

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