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The Large Observatory For X-ray Timing: LOFT

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Feroci, M and Den Herder, JW and Bozzo, E and Barret, D and Brandt, S and Hernanz, M and Van Der Klis, M and Pohl, M and Santangelo, A and Stella, L and Watts, A and Wilms, J and Zane, S and Ahangarianabhari, M and Alpar, A and Altamirano, D and Alvarez, L and Amati, L and Amoros, C and Andersson, N and Antonelli, A and Argan, A and Artigue, R and Azzarello, P and Baldazzi, G and Balman, S and Barbera, M and Belloni, T and Bertuccio, G and Bianchi, S and Bianchini, A and Bodin, P and Bidaud, JMB and Boutloukos, S and Braga, J and Brown, E and Bucciantini, N and Burderi, L and Bursa, M and Budtz-JA rgensen, C and Cackett, E and Cadoux, FR and Cais, P and Caliandro, GA and Campana, R and Campana, S and Casella, P and Chakrabarty, D and Chenevez, J and Coker, J and Cole, R and Collura, A and Courvoisier, T and Cros, A and Cumming, A and Cusumano, G and D'AA, A and D'Elia, V and Del Monte, E and De Martino, D and De Rosa, A and Di Cosimo, S and Diebold, S and Di, S and Donnarumma, I and Drago, A and Durant, M and Emmanoulopoulos, D and Evangelista, Y and Fabian, A and Falanga, M and Favre, Y and Feldman, C and Ferrigno, C and Finger, MH and Fraser, GW and Fuschino, F and Galloway, DK and Sanchez, JLG and Garcia-Berro, E and Gendre, B and Gezari, S and Giles, AB and Gilfanov, M and Giommi, P and Giovannini, G and Giroletti, M and Goldwurm, A and Gotz, D and Gouiffes, C and Grassi, M and Groot, P and Guidorzi, C and Haas, D and Hansen, F and Hartmann, DH and Haswell, C and Heger, A and Henning, W and Henning, W and Homan, J and Hornstrup, A and Hudec, R and Huovelin, J and Ingram, A and in 't Zand, JJM and Isern, J and Israel, G and Izzo, L and Jonker, P and Kaaret, P and Karas, V and Karelin, D and Kataria, D and Keek, L and Kennedy, T and Klochkov, D and Kluzniak, W and Kokkotas, K and Korpela, S and Kouveliotou, C and Kreykenbohm, I and Kuiper, LM and Kuvvetli, I and Labanti, C and Lai, D and Lamb, FK and Lebrun, F and Linder, D and Lodato, G and Longo, F and Lund, N and Maccarone, TJ and Macera, D and Malcovati, P and Mangano, V and Manousakis, A and Marisaldi, M and Markowitz, A and Martindale, A and Matt, G and McHardy, IM and Melatos, A and Mendez, M and Migliari, S and Mignani, R and Miller, C and Miller, JM and Mineo, T and Miniutti, G and Morsink, S and Motch, C and Motta, S and Mouchet, M and Muleri, F and Norton, AJ and Nowak, M and O'Brien, P and Orienti, M and Orio, M and Orlandini, M and Orleaski, P and Osborne, J and Osten, R and Ozel, F and Pacciani, L and Papitto, A and Paul, B and Perinati, E and Petracek, V and Portell, J and Poutanen, J and Psaltis, D and Rambaud, D and Ramsay, G and Rapisarda, M and Rachevski, A and Ray, P and Rea, N and Reddy, S and Reig, P and Reina Aranda, M and Remillard, R and Rodriguez-Gil, P and Rodriguez, J and Romano, P and Rossi, EMR and Ryde, F and Sabau Graziati, MD and Sala, G and Salvaterra, R and Sanna, A and Schanne, S and Schanz, T and Schee, J and Schmid, C and Schwenk, A and Schwope, AD and Seyler, JY and Shearer, A and Smith, A and Smith, D and Smith, PJ and Sochora, V and Soffitta, P and Soleri, P and Stappers, B and Stelzer, B and Stergioulas, N and Stratta, G and Strohmayer, TE and Stuchlik, Z and Suchy, S and Sulemainov, V and Takahashi, T and Tamburini, F and Tenzer, C and Tolos, L and Torok, G and Torrejon, JM and Torres, DF and Tramacere, A and Trois, A and Turriziani, S and Tamburini, F and Uter, P and Uttley, P and Vacchi, A and Varniere, P and Vaughan, S and Vercellone, S and Vrba, V and Walton, D and Watanabe, S and Wawrzaszek, R and Webb, N and Weinberg, N and Wheatley, S and Wijers, R and Wijnands, RAD and Wille, M and Wilson-Hodge, C and Winter, B and Wood, K and Zampa, G and Zampa, N and Zampieri, L and Zdziarski, A and Zhang, B, The Large Observatory For X-ray Timing: LOFT, Proceedings of 9th INTEGRAL Workshop, 15-19 October 2012, Paris, France, pp. 1-16. ISSN 0277-786X (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

Abstract

LOFT, the Large Observatory for X-ray Timing, is a new space mission concept devoted to observations of Galactic and extra-Galactic sources in the X-ray domain with the main goals of probing gravity theory in the very strong field environment of black holes (BH) and other compact objects, and investigating the state of matter at supra-nuclear energies in neutron stars (NS). The instruments on-board LOFT, the Large area detector (LAD) and the Wide Field Monitor (WFM) combine for the first time an unprecedented large effective area (~10 m2 at 8 keV) sensitive to X-ray photons in the 2-80 keV energy range and a spectral resolution approaching that of CCD-based telescopes (down to 200 eV at 6 keV). LOFT is currently competing for a launch of opportunity in 2022 together with the other M3 mission candidates of the ESA Cosmic Vision Program.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:X-ray timing, X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray imaging, compact objects
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical and Space Sciences
Research Field:Galactic Astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Author:Giles, AB (Dr Barry Giles)
ID Code:109951
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2016-07-08
Last Modified:2016-07-08
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