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ID: 543128.0, MPI für Physik / MPI für Physik
The Wide Field Imager of the International X-ray Observatory
Authors:Stefanescu, A.; Bautz, M. W.; Burrows, D. N.; Bombelli, L.; Fiorini, C.; Fraser, G.; Heinzinger, K.; Herrmann, S.; Kuster, M.; Lauf, T.; Lechner, P.; Lutz, G.; Majewski, P.; Meuris, A.; Murray, S. S.; Porro, M.; Richter, R.; Santangelo, A.; Schaller, G.; Schnecke, M.; Schopper, F.; Soltau, H.; Strüder, L.; Treis, J.; Tsunemi, H.; de Vita, G.; Wilms, J.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010
Title of Journal:Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A
Journal Abbrev.:Nucl.Instrum.Meth.A
Issue / Number:624
Start Page:533
End Page:539
Audience:Not Specified
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:The International X-ray Observatory (IXO) will be a joint X-ray observatory mission by ESA, NASA and JAXA. It will have a large effective area (3 m^2 at 1.25 keV) grazing incidence mirror system with good angular resolution (5 arcsec at 0.1-10 keV) and will feature a comprehensive suite of scientific instruments: an X-ray Microcalorimeter Spectrometer, a High Time Resolution Spectrometer, an X-ray Polarimeter, an X-ray Grating Spectrometer, a Hard X-ray Imager and a Wide-Field Imager. The Wide Field Imager (WFI) has a field-of-view of 18 ft×18 ft. It will be sensitive between 0.1 and 15 keV, offer the full angular resolution of the mirrors and good energy resolution. The WFI will be implemented as a 6 in. wafer-scale monolithical array of 1024×1024 pixels of 100×100 mu m^2 size. The DEpleted P-channel Field-Effect Transistors (DEPFET) forming the individual pixels are devices combining the functionalities of both detector and amplifier. Signal electrons are collected in a potential well below the transistor's gate, modulating the transistor current. Even when the device is powered off, the signal charge is collected and kept in the potential well below the gate until it is explicitly cleared. This makes flexible and fast readout modes possible.
Classification / Thesaurus:Semiconductor Detectors
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N.N.
Affiliations:MPI für Physik
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