The LOFT wide field monitor simulator

I. Donnarumma, Y. Evangelista, R. Campana, Jean in't Zand, M. Feroci, Niels Lund, Søren Brandt, J. Wilms, C. Schmid

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    We present the simulator we developed for the Wide Field Monitor (WFM) aboard the Large Observatory For Xray Timing (LOFT) mission, one of the four ESA M3 candidate missions considered for launch in the 2022–2024 timeframe. The WFM is designed to cover a large FoV in the same bandpass as the Large Area Detector (LAD, almost 50% of its accessible sky in the energy range 2–50 keV), in order to trigger follow-up observations with the LAD for the most interesting sources. Moreover, its design would allow to detect transient events with fluxes down to a few mCrab in 1-day exposure, for which good spectral and timing resolution would be also available (about 300 eV FWHM and 10 μs, respectively). In order to investigate possible WFM configurations satisfying these scientific requirements and assess the instrument performance, an end-to-end WFM simulator has been developed. We can reproduce a typical astr
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    Pages (from-to)84435Q
    Number of pages12
    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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