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11 March 2003 Proposal to do fast x-ray timing with XEUS
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We describe a proposal for an added capability of fast timing to the European x-ray astronomy mission XEUS. The scientific value of fast timing observations for the investigation of compact objects is recognized and has been demonstrated through observations by the Rossi x-ray Timing Explorer. We propose to make use of the huge collecting area of XEUS for timing studies with unparalleled photon statistics and time resolution. We describe the sceintifc motivation, e.g. to probe strong gravity fields around collapsed objects and to constrain the equation of state of dense matter in neutron stars. We discuss options for the implementation of detectors which coudl be small silicon drift detectors out of focus.
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Ruediger Staubert, Eckhard Kendziorra, Didier Barret, Gerald K. Skinner, Peter Lechner, L. Stroeder, Michiel van der Klis, Luigi Stella, and M. C. Miller "Proposal to do fast x-ray timing with XEUS", Proc. SPIE 4851, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy, (11 March 2003);


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