The LOFT mission concept: A status update

M. Feroci, E. Bozzo, S. Brandt, M. Hernanz, M. Van Der Klis, L. P. Liu, P. Orleanski, M. Pohl, A. Santangelo, S. Schanne, L. Stella, T. Takahashi, H. Tamura, A. Watts, J. Wilms, S. Zane, S. N. Zhang, S. Bhattacharyya, I. Agudo, M. AhangarianabhariC. Albertus, M. Alford, A. Alpar, D. Altamirano, L. Alvarez, L. Amati, C. Amoros, N. Andersson, A. Antonelli, A. Argan, R. Artigue, B. Artigues, J. L. Atteia, P. Azzarello, P. Bakala, D. R. Ballantyne, G. Baldazzi, M. Baldo, S. Balman, M. Barbera, C. Van Baren, D. Barret, A. Baykal, M. Begelman, E. Behar, O. Behar, T. Belloni, P. Bellutti, F. Bernardini, G. Bertuccio, S. Bianchi, A. Bianchini, P. Binko, P. Blay, F. Bocchino, M. Bode, P. Bodin, I. Bombaci, J. M. Bonnet Bidaud, G. Borghi, S. Boutloukos, F. Bouyjou, L. Bradley, J. Braga, M. S. Briggs, E. Brown, M. Buballa, N. Bucciantini, L. Burderi, M. Burgay, M. Bursa, C. Budtz-Jørgensen, E. Cackett, F. R. Cadoux, P. Cais, G. A. Caliandro, R. Campana, S. Campana, X. Cao, F. Capitanio, J. Casares, P. Casella, A. J. Castro-Tirado, E. Cavazzuti, Y. Cavechi, S. Celestin, P. Cerda-Duran, D. Chakrabarty, N. Chamel, F. Château, C. Chen, Y. Chen, Y. Chen, J. Chenevez, M. Chernyakova, J. Coker, R. Cole, A. Collura, M. Coriat, R. Cornelisse, L. Costamante, A. Cros, W. Cui, A. Cumming, G. Cusumano, B. Czerny, A. D'Aì, F. D'Ammando, V. D'Elia, Z. Dai, E. Del Monte, A. De Luca, D. De Martino, J. P.C. Dercksen, M. De Pasquale, A. De Rosa, M. Del Santo, S. Di Cosimo, N. Degenaar, J. W. Den Herder, S. Diebold, T. Di Salvo, Y. Dong, I. Donnarumma, V. Doroshenko, G. Doyle, S. A. Drake, M. Durant, D. Emmanoulopoulos, T. Enoto, M. H. Erkut, P. Esposito, Y. Evangelista, A. Fabian, M. Falanga, Y. Favre, C. Feldman, R. Fender, H. Feng, V. Ferrari, C. Ferrigno, F. Ficorella, M. Finger, M. H. Finger, G. W. Fraser, M. Frericks, M. Fullekrug, F. Fuschino, M. Gabler, D. K. Galloway, J. L. Galvez Sanchez, P. Gandhi, Z. Gao, E. Garcia-Berro, B. Gendre, O. Gevin, S. Gezari, A. B. Giles, M. Gilfanov, P. Giommi, G. Giovannini, M. Giroletti, E. Gogus, A. Goldwurm, K. Goluchová, D. Götz, L. Gou, C. Gouiffes, P. Grandi, M. Grassi, J. Greiner, V. Grinberg, P. Groot, M. Gschwender, L. Gualtieri, M. Guedel, C. Guidorzi, L. Guy, D. Haas, P. Haensel, M. Hailey, K. Hamuguchi, F. Hansen, D. H. Hartmann, C. A. Haswell, K. Hebeler, A. Heger, M. Hempel, W. Hermsen, J. Homan, A. Hornstrup, R. Hudec, J. Huovelin, D. Huppenkothen, S. C. Inam, A. Ingram, J. J.M. In't Zand, G. Israel, K. Iwasawa, L. Izzo, H. M. Jacobs, F. Jetter, T. Johannsen, H. M. Jacobs, P. A. Jenke, P. Jonker, J. Josè, P. Kaaret, M. Kalamkar, E. Kalemci, G. Kanbach, V. Karas, D. Karelin, D. Kataria, L. Keek, T. Kennedy, D. Klochkov, W. Kluzniak, E. Koerding, K. Kokkotas, S. Komossa, S. Korpela, C. Kouveliotou, A. F. Kowalski, I. Kreykenbohm, L. M. Kuiper, D. Kunneriath, A. Kurkela, I. Kuvvetli, F. La Franca, C. Labanti, D. Lai, F. K. Lamb, C. Lachaud, P. P. Laubert, F. Lebrun, X. Li, E. Liang, O. Limousin, D. Lin, M. Linares, D. Linder, G. Lodato, F. Longo, F. Lu, N. Lund, T. J. Maccarone, D. Macera, S. Maestre, S. Mahmoodifar

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Abstract

The Large Observatory For x-ray Timing (LOFT) is a mission concept which was proposed to ESA as M3 and M4 candidate in the framework of the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 program. Thanks to the unprecedented combination of effective area and spectral resolution of its main instrument and the uniquely large field of view of its wide field monitor, LOFT will be able to study the behaviour of matter in extreme conditions such as the strong gravitational field in the innermost regions close to black holes and neutron stars and the supra-nuclear densities in the interiors of neutron stars. The science payload is based on a Large Area Detector (LAD, >8m2 effective area, 2-30 keV, 240 eV spectral resolution, 1 degree collimated field of view) and a Wide Field Monitor (WFM, 2-50 keV, 4 steradian field of view, 1 arcmin source location accuracy, 300 eV spectral resolution). The WFM is equipped with an on-board system for bright events (e.g., GRB) localization. The trigger time and position of these events are broadcast to the ground within 30 s from discovery. In this paper we present the current technical and programmatic status of the mission.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE
Subtitle of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
EditorsJan-Willem A den Herder, Tadayuki Takahashi, Marshall Bautz
Place of PublicationBellingham Washington USA
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages20
Volume9905
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601901
ISBN (Print)9781510601895
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
EventConference on Space Telescopes and Instrumentation - Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray 2016 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 20161 Jul 2016
https://spie.org/Publications/Proceedings/Volume/9905

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume9905
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceConference on Space Telescopes and Instrumentation - Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period26/06/161/07/16
OtherProceedings of SPIE
Volume Number: 9905 (3 parts)
Date Published: 23 September 2016
Softcover: 185 papers (2064) pages
ISBN: 9781510601895
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Keywords

  • Silicon detectors
  • spectroscopy
  • timing
  • X-ray astronomy

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Feroci, M., Bozzo, E., Brandt, S., Hernanz, M., Van Der Klis, M., Liu, L. P., Orleanski, P., Pohl, M., Santangelo, A., Schanne, S., Stella, L., Takahashi, T., Tamura, H., Watts, A., Wilms, J., Zane, S., Zhang, S. N., Bhattacharyya, S., Agudo, I., ... Mahmoodifar, S. (2016). The LOFT mission concept: A status update. In J-W. A. den Herder, T. Takahashi, & M. Bautz (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE: Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray (Vol. 9905). [99051R] (Proceedings of SPIE; Vol. 9905). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233161