Optimisation of the design for the LOFT large area detector module
conference contributionposted on 01.08.2016, 15:19 by D. Walton, B. Winter, S. Zane, T. Kennedy, A. J. Coker, M. Feroci, J-W. Den Herder, A. Argan, P. Azzarello, D. Barret, L. Bradley, F. Cadoux, A. Cros, Y. Evangelista, Y. Favre, G. Fraser, M. R. Hailey, T. Hunt, Adrian Martindale, F. Muleri, L. Pacciani, M. Pohl, P. Smith, A. Santangelo, S. Suchy, C. Tenzer, G. Zampa, N. Zampa
LOFT (Large Observatory for X-ray Timing) is an X-ray timing observatory that, with four other candidates, was considered by ESA as an M3 mission (with launch in 2022-2024) and has been studied during an extensive assessment phase. Its pointed instrument is the Large Area Detector (LAD), a 10 m²-class instrument operating in the 2-30 keV range, which is designed to perform X-ray timing of compact objects with unprecedented resolution down to millisecond time scales. Although LOFT was not downselected for launch, during the assessment most of the trade-offs have been closed, leading to a robust and well documented design that will be reproposed in future ESA calls. The building block of the LAD instrument is the Module, and in this paper we summarize the rationale for the module concept, the characteristics of the module and the trade-offs/optimisations which have led to the current design.