16 - 21 June 2024
Yokohama, Japan
Conference 13093 > Paper 13093-270
Paper 13093-270

Status of the Lunar Electromagnetic Monitor in X-rays (LEM-X)

20 June 2024 • 10:20 - 10:40 Japan Standard Time | Room G414/415, North - 4F

Abstract

The Lunar Electromagnetic Monitor in X-rays (LEM-X) is an imager for X-ray Astronomy to be installed on the surface of the Moon and is funded by the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) in the framework of the Italian "Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza (PNRR)". The building block of LEM-X is represented by a pair of coded aperture cameras, each one built around four large-area linear Silicon Drift Detectors (SDDs) and able to image the sky within a field of view of ~1 sr with a source location accuracy of ~1 arcmin, while at the same time reaching a spectral resolution better than 350 eV FWHM at 6 keV. The LEM-X instrument preliminarly envisages about ten such camera pairs, arranged on a dome-like structure on the surface of the Moon, to reach a sensitivity better than 5 mCrab in 50 ks and 1 Crab in 1 s in the 2 -- 50 keV energy band. In this contribution we describe the design of LEM-X, we discuss the scientific performance and we report the status of the instrument development.

Presenter

Francesco Ceraudo
INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
Francesco Ceraudo is a researcher at the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). His main field of research is the characterization of state-of-the-art instrumentation for X-ray space astronomy, especially Silicon Drift Detectors and Micro-Pore Optics. He has worked on such projects as the Pixelated Silicon Drift Detector (PixDD), the Large Area Detector (LAD) of the eXTP mission, and the Wide Field Monitor of the eXTP, STROBE-X and LEM-X missions. He has a long experience in the development of software for instrumentation control, data analysis, radiation campaign, and simulation of instrument performances under various conditions and at different phases of the life of the mission.
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INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
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Francesco Ceraudo
INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
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Giovanni Della Casa
INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
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INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
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INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
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INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
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Alessio Nuti
INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
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INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
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Giuseppe Bertuccio
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
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Riccardo Campana
INAF - Osservatorio di Astrofisica e Scienza dello Spazio (Italy)
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Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) (Italy)
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Francesco Ficorella
Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) (Italy)
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INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica cosmica Milano (Italy)
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Università di Pavia (Italy)
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Piero Malcovati
Università di Pavia (Italy)
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Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
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Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) (Italy)
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Gianluigi Zampa
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
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Francesca Esposito
INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
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Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)
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Ugo Cortesi
Istituto di Fisica Applicata "Nello Carrara" (Italy)
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Fabio D'Amico
INAF - Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (Italy)
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Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)
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Marco Gai
Istituto di Fisica Applicata "Nello Carrara" (Italy)
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INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)