The LOFT mission concept: a status update

  title={The LOFT mission concept: a status update},
  author={Marco Feroci and Enrico Bozzo and S{\o}ren Brandt and M L Hernanz and Michiel van der Klis and L.-P. Liu and Piotr Orleanski and Martin Pohl and A. Santangelo and Stéphane Schanne and Luigi Stella and Tadayuki Takahashi and Hajime Tamura and Anthony Watts and J{\"o}rn Wilms and Silvia Zane and S.Nan Zhang and Sudip Bhattacharyya and I. Agudo and Mahdi Ahangarianabhari and Conrado Albertus and Mark G. Alford and Ali Alpar and Diego Altamirano and L. {\'A}lvarez and Lorenzo Amati and Carine Amoros and Nils Andersson and Antonella Antonelli and Andrea Argan and Romain Artigue and B. Artigues and J. L. Atteia and Philipp Azzarello and Pavel Bakala and David R. Ballantyne and Giuseppe Baldazzi and Marcello Baldo and Solen Balman and Marco Barbera and Coen van Baren and Didier Barret and Altan Baykal and Mitchell C. Begelman and Ehud Behar and Oded Behar and Tomaso Belloni and Federico Bernardini and Giuseppe Bertuccio and Stefano Bianchi and Antonio Bianchini and P. Binko and Pere Blay and Fabrizio Bocchino and M. F. Bode and Pierre Bodin and I. Bombaci and J.-M. Bonnet Bidaud and Stratos G. Boutloukos and Florent Bouyjou and L. J. Bradley and Jo{\~a}o Braga and M S Briggs and Edward B. Brown and Michael Buballa and Niccolo’ Bucciantini and L. Burderi and Marta Burgay and Michal Bur{\vs}a and Carl Budtz-J{\o}rgensen and Edward M. Cackett and Frank Raphael Cadoux and Philippe Cais and Giuseppe Andrea Caliandro and Riccardo Campana and Sergio Campana and X. L. Cao and Fiamma Capitanio and Jorge Casares and Piergiorgio Casella and Alberto J. Castro-Tirado and Elisabetta Cavazzuti and Y. Cavechi and Sebastien Celestin and Pablo Cerd{\'a}-Dur{\'a}n and Deepto Chakrabarty and Nicolas Chamel and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Ch{\^a}teau and C. Chen and Yuanbo Chen and Yongjun Chen and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Chenevez and M Chernyakova and J. Coker and Richard E. Cole and Alfonso Collura and M Coriat and Remon Cornelisse and L Costamante and Alain Cros and Wei Wei Cui and Andrew Cumming and G Cusumano and Bożena Czerny and A. D’A{\`i} and Filippo D’Ammando and V. D’Elia and Z. G. Dai and Ettore Del Monte and Andrea De Luca and Domitilla de Martino and Johannes Dercksen and Massimiliano De Pasquale and Alessandra De Rosa and Melania Del Santo and Sergio Di Cosimo and Nathalie Degenaar and J.-W. A. den Herder and Sebastian Diebold and Tiziana Di Salvo and Y. Dong and Immacolata Donnarumma and Victor Doroshenko and Gerry Doyle and Stephen Alan Drake and Martin Durant and D. Emmanoulopoulos and Teruaki Enoto and M. Hakan Erkut and Paolo Esposito and Yuri Evangelista and Andrew C. Fabian and Maurizio Falanga and Yannick Favre and Charlotte H. Feldman and Robert P. Fender and Hua Feng and V. Bronzini Ferrari and Carlo Ferrigno and Mark H. Finger and Mark H. Finger and George William Fraser and Martin Frericks and Martin Fullekrug and Fabio Fuschino and Michael Gabler and Duncan K. Galloway and J. L. G{\'a}lvez Sanchez and Poshak Gandhi and Z. H. Gao and Enrique Garc{\'i}a-Berro and Bruce Gendre and Olivier Gevin and Suvi Gezari and A. Barry Giles and Marat Gilfanov and Paolo Giommi and Gabriele Giovannini and Marcello Giroletti and Ersin Goğuş and A. Goldwurm and Kateřina Goluchov{\'a} and Diego G{\"o}tz and Lijun Gou and Christian Gouiff{\`e}s and Paola Grandi and Marco Grassi and J. Greiner and Victoria Grinberg and Paul J. Groot and Michael Gschwender and Leonardo Gualtieri and Manuel Guedel and C. Guidorzi and Larry Guy and Daniel Haas and Paweł Haensel and M. R. Hailey and Kenji Hamuguchi and Flemming G. Hansen and Dieter H. Hartmann and Carole A. Haswell and K. Hebeler and Alexander Heger and Matthias Hempel and W. Hermsen and Jeroen Homan and Allan Hornstrup and Ren'e Hudec and Juhani Huovelin and Daniela Huppenkothen and Sitki Cagdas Inam and Adam Ingram and Jean J. M. in’t Zand and Gian Luca Israel and Kazushi Iwasawa and Luca Izzo and H. M. Jacobs and F. Jetter and Tim Johannsen and P. A. Jenke and Peter G. Jonker and Jordi Jos{\'e} and P. Kaaret and Kajal R Kalamkar and Emrah Kalemci and Gottfried Kanbach and Vladim{\'i}r Karas and D. Karelin and D. O. Kataria and Laurens Keek and T. E. Kennedy and Dmitry Klochkov and W. Kluźniak and Elmar G. Koerding and Kostas D. Kokkotas and S. Komossa and Seppo A. Korpela and Chryssa Kouveliotou and Adam F. Kowalski and Ingo Kreykenbohm and Lucien Kuiper and D. Kunneriath and Aleksi Kurkela and Irfan Kuvvetli and Fabio La Franca and C. Labanti and Dong Lai and Frederick K. Lamb and Cyril Lachaud and Phillip P. Laubert and François Lebrun and Xuyi Li and Edison P. Liang and Olivier Limousin and Dacheng Lin and Manuel Linares and D. R. Linder and Giuseppe Lodato and Francesco Longo and F. J. Lu and Niels Lund and Thomas J. Maccarone and Daniele Macera and Stephan Maestre and Simin Mahmoodifar and Daniel Maier and Piero Malcovati and J Malzac and C. Malone and Ilya Mandel and Vanessa Mangano and Antonios Manousakis and Martino Marelli and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Margueron and Martino Marisaldi and Sera B. Markoff and Alex Markowitz and Andrea Marinucci and Adrian Martindale and German Martinez and Ian M. McHardy and Gustavo A. Medina-Tanco and M. Mehdipour and Andrew Melatos and Mariano M{\'e}ndez and Sandro Mereghetti and Simone Migliari and R. P. Mignani and Małgorzata Michalska and Tatehiro Mihara and M. Coleman Miller and Jon M. Miller and T. Mineo and Giovanni Miniutti and Sharon M. Morsink and Christian Motch and Sara E Motta and Martine Mouchet and G. Mouret and Jana Mulacova and Fabio Muleri and Teo Mu{\~n}oz-Darias and I. Negueruela and Joey Neilsen and Torsten Neubert and Andrew J. Norton and Michael A. Nowak and A. A. Nucita and P. T. O’Brien and Mirjam Oertel and Poul Erik Holmdahl Olsen and Monica Orienti and Marina Orio and Mauro Orlandini and J. P. Osborne and Rachel Osten and Feryal Ozel and Luigi Pacciani and F. B. S. Paerels and St{\'e}phane Paltani and Maurizio Paolillo and I. E. Papadakis and Alessandro Papitto and Zsolt Paragi and Josep Maria Paredes and Alessandro Patruno and Biswajit Paul and Francesco Pederiva and Emanuele Perinati and Alberto Pellizzoni and Ana V. Penacchioni and Uria Peretz and M. A. Perez and Miguel A. P{\'e}rez-Torres and Bradley M. Peterson and Vojtěch Petr{\'a}{\vc}ek and Carlotta Pittori and Jos{\'e} A. Pons and J. Portell and Andrea Possenti and Konstantin A Postnov and Juri Poutanen and Madappa Prakash and Isabella Prandoni and Hervé Le Provost and Dimitrios Psaltis and John P. Pye and J. L. Qu and Damien Rambaud and Pascale Ramon and Gavin Ramsay and Massimo Rapisarda and A. Rashevski and Irina Rashevskaya and Paul S. Ray and Nanda Rea and Sanjay Reddy and Pablo Reig and M. Reina Aranda and Ronald A. Remillard and Chris S. Reynolds and Luciano Rezzolla and Marc Rib{\'o} and R. de la Rie and A. Riggio and A. Rios and Dirk H. Rischke and Pablo Rodr{\'i}guez-Gil and J. Rodr{\'i}guez and R. Rohlfs and Patrizia Romano and Elena Maria Rossi and A. R{\'o}żańska and A. Rousseau and B. Rudak and David M. Russell and Felix Ryde and Lola Sabau-Graziati and Takanori Sakamoto and Gl{\`o}ria Sala and Ruben Salvaterra and David Salvetti and Andrea Sanna and J. Sandberg and Tuomas Savolainen and Simone Scaringi and Jurgen Schaffner-Bielich and Hendrik Schatz and Jan Schee and C. Schmid and Motoko Serino and Nikolai I. Shakura and Steven N. Shore and Jeremy D. Schnittman and Raffaella Schneider and Achim Schwenk and Axel Schwope and Ani Sedrakian and J.-Y. Seyler and Andrew Shearer and A Słowikowska and Mark Sims and Aaron A. Smith and David M. Smith and P. J. Smith and Małgosia Sobolewska and Vja{\vc}eslav Sochora and Paolo Soffitta and Paolo Soleri and L. M. Song and Alton Spencer and A. Stamerra and Ben W. Stappers and Ruediger Staubert and Andrew W. Steiner and Nikolaos Stergioulas and Abigail Stevens and G Stratta and Tod E. Strohmayer and Zdeněk Stuchl{\'i}k and Slawomir Suchy and Valery F. Suleimanov and Fabrizio Tamburini and Thomas M. Tauris and Fabrizio Tavecchio and Chris Tenzer and F. Thielemann and Andrea Tiengo and Laura Tolos and Francesco Tombesi and John A. Tomsick and Gabriel Torok and J M Torrej{\'o}n and Diego F. Torres and Eleonora Torresi and Andrea Tramacere and Iris Traulsen and Alessio Trois and Roberto Turolla and Sara Turriziani and Stefan Typel and P. J. . Uter and Phil Uttley and Andrea Vacchi and Peggy Varni{\'e}re and Simon Vaughan and Stefano Vercellone and Mario Vietri and F. Vincent and V{\'a}clav Vrba and Dominic J. Walton and Jiachun Wang and Zhanshan Wang and S. Watanabe and Roman Wawrzaszek and Natalie Webb and Nevin N. Weinberg and He Wende and Peter J. Wheatley and R. A. M. J. Wijers and Rudy Wijnands and M. Wille and Colleen A. Wilson-Hodge and Berend Winter and Sadler Walk and Kent S. Wood and S. E. Woosley and X. Wu and R. X. Xu and W. D. Yu and Fenge Yuan and Weimin Yuan and Y. Yuan and G. Zampa and Nicola Zampa and Luca Zampieri and L. Zdunik and Andrzej A. Zdziarski and Andreas Zech and B. Zhang and C. Zhang and S. N. Zhang and Michael Zingale and F. Zwart},
  booktitle={Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation},
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… Expand
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