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dc.contributor.authorChakrabarty, Deepto
dc.contributor.authorRemillard, Ronald A
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-15T20:16:15Z
dc.date.available2013-02-15T20:16:15Z
dc.date.issued2012-10
dc.date.submitted2011-05
dc.identifier.issn0922-6435
dc.identifier.issn1572-9508
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/77157
dc.description.abstractHigh-time-resolution X-ray observations of compact objects provide direct access to strong-field gravity, to the equation of state of ultradense matter and to black hole masses and spins. A 10 m[superscript 2]-class instrument in combination with good spectral resolution is required to exploit the relevant diagnostics and answer two of the fundamental questions of the European Space Agency (ESA) Cosmic Vision Theme “Matter under extreme conditions”, namely: does matter orbiting close to the event horizon follow the predictions of general relativity? What is the equation of state of matter in neutron stars? The Large Observatory For X-ray Timing (LOFT), selected by ESA as one of the four Cosmic Vision M3 candidate missions to undergo an assessment phase, will revolutionise the study of collapsed objects in our galaxy and of the brightest supermassive black holes in active galactic nuclei. Thanks to an innovative design and the development of large-area monolithic silicon drift detectors, the Large Area Detector (LAD) on board LOFT will achieve an effective area of ~12 m2 (more than an order of magnitude larger than any spaceborne predecessor) in the 2–30 keV range (up to 50 keV in expanded mode), yet still fits a conventional platform and small/medium-class launcher. With this large area and a spectral resolution of <260 eV, LOFT will yield unprecedented information on strongly curved spacetimes and matter under extreme conditions of pressure and magnetic field strength.en_US
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dc.publisherSpringer Science + Business Media B.V.en_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10686-011-9237-2en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/en_US
dc.sourcearXiven_US
dc.titleThe Large Observatory for X-ray Timing (LOFT)en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.citationFeroci, M., et al. "The Large Observatory for X-ray Timing (LOFT)." Experimental Astronomy, October 2012, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 415-444.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physicsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Researchen_US
dc.contributor.mitauthorChakrabarty, Deepto
dc.contributor.mitauthorRemillard, Ronald Alan
dc.relation.journalExperimental Astronomyen_US
dc.eprint.versionAuthor's final manuscripten_US
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticleen_US
eprint.statushttp://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerRevieweden_US
dspace.orderedauthorsChakrabarty, D.; Remillard, R.en_US
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8804-8946
mit.licenseOPEN_ACCESS_POLICYen_US


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