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LOFT: the Large Observatory For X-ray Timing

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

IAPS-INAF (Italy)

J. W. den Herder, D. Haas, J. J. M. In't Zand, P. Jonker, L. M. Kuiper

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)

E. Bozzo, C. Ferrigno

ISDC Data Ctr. for Astrophysics (Switzerland)

D. Barret, C. Amoros, R. Artigue, A. Cros, D. Lin, D. Rambaud, N. Webb

Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (France)

S. Brandt, C. Budtz-Jørgensen, J. Chenevez, F. Hansen, A. Hornstrup, I. Kuvvetli, N. Lund

DTU Space (Denmark)

M. Hernanz, L. Alvarez, G. A. Caliandro, J. L. Galvez Sanchez, E. Garcia-Berro, J. Isern, D. Karelin, J. Portell, N. Rea, G. Sala, L. Tolos

IEEC-CSIC-UPC-UB (Spain)

M. van der Klis, A. Watts, D. Altamirano, P. Uttley, R. Wijers, R. Wijnands

Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, Univ. of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

M. Pohl, P. Azzarello, F. R. Cadoux, Y. Favre

Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland)

A. Santangelo, S. Diebold, D. Klochkov, K. Kokkotas, D. Maier, E. Perinati, S. Suchy, V. Sulemainov, C. Tenzer, P. Uter, H. Wende

Institut für Astronomie and Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)

L. Stella, P. Casella, G. Israel

INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)

J. Wilms

Univ. Erlangen-Nueremberg (Germany)

S. Zane, J. Coker, R. Cole, D. Kataria, T. Kennedy, D. Linder, R. Mignani, A. Smith, P. J. Smith, D. Walton, B. Winter

Mullard Space Science Lab., Univ. College London (United Kingdom)

M. Ahangarianabhari, G. Bertuccio, D. Macera

Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

A. Alpar

Sabanci Univ. (Turkey)

L. Amati, F. Fuschino, C. Labanti, M. Marisaldi, M. Orienti, M. Orlandini

INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)

N. Andersson, D. Emmanoulopoulos, T. J. Maccarone, I. M. McHardy

Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)

A. Antonelli, V. D'Elia, B. Gendre, P. Giommi, G. Stratta

Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)

G. Baldazzi

Univ. degli Studi di Bologna (Italy)

S. Balman

Middle East Technical Univ. (Turkey)

M. Barbera, A. D'Ai

Univ. degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)

T. Belloni, S. Campana, S. Motta

INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)

S. Bianchi, G. Matt

Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)

A. Bianchini, F. Tamburini

Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)

P. Bodin, J.-Y. Seyler

Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)

J.-M. Bonnet Bidaud, D. Götz, C. Gouiffes, J. Rodriguez, S. Schanne

CEA Saclay (France)

S. Boutloukos

IAAT Univ. of Tuebingen (Germany)

J. Braga

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (Brazil)

E. Brown, P. Kaaret, L. Keek

Michigan State Univ. (United States)

N. Bucciantini

INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)

L. Burderi

Univ. degli Studi di Cagliari (Italy)

M. Bursa, R. Hudec, V. Karas, V. Sochora

Astronomical Institute of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)

E. Cackett

Wayne State Univ. (United States)

P. Cais

Lab. d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux (France)

D. Chakrabarty, J. Homan, M. Nowak, R. Remillard, N. Weinberg

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

A. Collura

INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)

T. Courvoisier, A. Manousakis, A. Tramacere

ISDC, Geneve Univ. (Switzerland)

A. Cumming, D. de Martino

INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)

G. Cusumano

INAF/ISF (Italy)

T. Di Salvo

Univ. degli studi di Palermo (Italy)

A. Drago, C. Guidorzi

Univ. degli Studi di Ferrara (Italy)

M. Durant

Univ. of Florida (United States)

A. Fabian

Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

M. Falanga

International Space Science Institute (Switzerland)

C. Feldman, G. W. Fraser, A. Martindale, P. O'Brien, J. P. Osborne, S. Vaughan

Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)

M. H. Finger

Universities Space Research Ctr. (United States)

D. K. Galloway

Monash Ctr. for Astrophysics, Monash Univ. (Australia)

S. Gezari, M. C. Miller, C. Reynolds

Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)

A. B. Giles

Univ. of Tasmania (Australia)

M. Gilfanov

Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (Germany)

G. Giovannini, M. Giroletti

INAF/IRA Bologna (Italy)

A. Goldwurm, F. Lebrun

AstroParticule et Cosmologie, CNRS, Univ. Paris Diderot (France)

M. Grassi, P. Malcovati

Univ. degli Studi di Pavia (Italy)

P. Groot, D. H. Hartmann

Clemson Univ. (United States)

C. A. Haswell, A. J. Norton

The Open Univ. (United Kingdom)

A. Heger

Monash Ctr. for Astrophysics, Monash Univ. (United Kingdom)

J. Huovelin, S. Korpela

Univ. of Helsinki (Finland)

A. Ingram

Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)

L. Izzo

IRCA (Italy)

W. Kluzniak, A. Zdziarski

Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Ctr. (Poland)

C. Kouveliotou, C. A. Wilson-Hodge

NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

I. Kreykenbohm, C. Schmid, M. Wille

Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)

D. Lai

Cornell Univ. (United States)

F. K. Lamb

Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)

G. Lodato

Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)

F. Longo

Univ. degli Studi di Trieste (Italy)

V. Mangano, T. Mineo, P. Romano

INAF/IFC (Italy)

A. Markowitz

Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)

A. Melatos

The Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)

M. Mendez

Kapteyn Instituut, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)

S. Migliari, J. M. Miller

Univ. of Barcelona (Spain)

G. Miniutti

Ctr. de Astrobiología, CSIC-INTA (Spain)

S. Morsink

Univ. of Alberta (Canada)

C. Motch

Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg (France)

M. Mouchet

Univ. Paris 5-Denis Diderot (France)

M. Orio

INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (France)

P. Orleanski, R. Wawrzaszek

Space Research Ctr. (Poland)

R. Osten

Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)

F. Ozel, D. Psaltis

The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

A. Papitto

IEEC-CSIC-UPC-UB (Italy)

B. Paul

Raman Research Institute (India)

V. Petracek

Czech Technical Univ in Prague (Czech Republic)

J. Poutanen

Univ. of Oulu (Finland)

G. Ramsay

Armagh Observatory (United Kingdom)

A. Rachevski, A. Vacchi, G. Zampa, N. Zampa

INFN (Italy)

P. S. Ray, K. Wood

U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)

S. Reddy

Univ. of Washington (United States)

P. Reig

Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)

M. Reina Aranda, L. Sabau-Graziati

National Institute of Aerospace Technology (Spain)

P. Rodríguez-Gil

Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Univ. de La Laguna (Spain)

E. M. R. Rossi

Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)

F. Ryde

Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

R. Salvaterra

INAF/IASF Milano (Italy)

A. Sanna, P. Soleri

Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)

J. Schee, Z. Stuchlik, G. Torok

Silesian Univ. in Opava (Czech Republic)

A. Schwenk

ExtreMe Matter Institute EMMI, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH (Germany)

A. D. Schwope

Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)

A. Shearer

National Univ. of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)

D. M. Smith

Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)

B. Stappers

The Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)

B. Steltzer

INAF IFC (Italy)

N. Stergioulas

Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki (Greece)

T. E. Strohmayer

NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

T. Takahashi, S. Watanabe

Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)

J. M. Torrejon

Univ. de Alicante (Spain)

D. F. Torres

Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (Spain)

A. Trois

INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)

S. Turriziani

Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy)

P. Varniere

AstroParticule et Cosmologie, CNRS/N2P3, Univ. Paris Diderot, CEA/Irfu, Observatoire de Paris (France)

S. Vercellone

INAF/INF (Italy)

V. Vrba

Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)

P. Wheatley

The Univ. of Warwick (United Kingdom)

L. Zampieri

INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)

B. Zhang

Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)

Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84432D (September 7, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.926310
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  • Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
  • Tadayuki Takahashi; Stephen S. Murray; Jan-Willem A. den Herder
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands | July 01, 2012

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 (<1 degree field of view) experiment operating in the energy range 2-50 keV, with a 10 m2 peak effective area and an energy resolution of 260 eV at 6 keV. The WFM will operate in the same energy range as the LAD, enabling simultaneous monitoring of a few-steradian wide field of view, with an angular resolution of <5 arcmin. The LAD and WFM experiments will allow us to investigate variability from submillisecond QPO’s to yearlong transient outbursts. In this paper we report the current status of the project. © (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Citation

M. Feroci ; J. W. den Herder ; E. Bozzo ; D. Barret ; S. Brandt, et al.
" LOFT: the Large Observatory For X-ray Timing ", Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84432D (September 7, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.926310; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.926310


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