11 October 2004 Fast timing instrument for XEUS: scientific expectations
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X-ray timing with musec time resolution can be used to probe strong gravity fields around collapsed objects and to constrain the equation of state of dense matter in neutron stars. With its large collecting area, XEUS will be ideally suited for very high signal to noise studies of such objects. An instrument dedicated to X-ray timing of bright Galactic sources has thus been foreseen as part of the XEUS instrumentation. In this contribution we present numerical simulations for silicon based detectors (silicon drift detectors and pixel based sensors) for a variety of astrophysical sources such as neutron star power spectra (including kHz quasi-periodic oscillations) and black hole lightcurves to illustrate the expected scientific capabilities of the fast timing mode instrument.
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Jorn Wilms, Jorn Wilms, Eckhard Kendziorra, Eckhard Kendziorra, Michael Martin, Michael Martin, Didier Barret, Didier Barret, Michael A. Nowak, Michael A. Nowak, Lothar Strueder, Lothar Strueder, Peter Lechner, Peter Lechner, "Fast timing instrument for XEUS: scientific expectations", Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550776; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.550776


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