15 June 2006 ASPEX: a prêt-à-porter all sky monitor
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We present a concept study for a novel All Sky Monitor experiment employing very limited resources. Our experience in designing, building and testing SuperAGILE - the hard X-ray imager for the AGILE mission - has demonstrated the possibility to develop a medium-sensitivity, wide field imager, with (at launch stage) ~5.5 kg weight, 12 Watts power and 0.04 cubic meters volume. With these few resources, it can provide crossed one-dimensional images of 1/10th of the sky, with on-axis 6 arcminutes angular resolution and ~10 mCrab 1-day sensitivity in the 15-45 keV energy range. In this paper we introduce to the ASPEX (All Sky Project for Extraterrestrial X-rays) project and show how a much more efficient All Sky Monitor can now be designed using the same approach and techniques, overcoming a number of severe limitations suffered by SuperAGILE due to the context of the AGILE mission, for which it was designed. The low resources and its efficiency in localizing X-ray transients and in long-term monitoring the steady X-ray sky, make ASPEX a suitable option for several new mission concepts (e.g., PHAROS, ESTREMO, ...).
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M. Feroci, M. Feroci, E. Costa, E. Costa, E. Del Monte, E. Del Monte, I. Donnarumma, I. Donnarumma, Y. Evangelista, Y. Evangelista, C. Labanti, C. Labanti, I. Lapshov, I. Lapshov, F. Lazzarotto, F. Lazzarotto, M. Marisaldi, M. Marisaldi, M. Mastropietro, M. Mastropietro, E. Morelli, E. Morelli, L. Pacciani, L. Pacciani, M. Rapisarda, M. Rapisarda, A. Rubini, A. Rubini, P. Soffitta, P. Soffitta, } "ASPEX: a prêt-à-porter all sky monitor", Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 626634 (15 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671691; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671691
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