The Wide Field Imager of the International X-ray Observatory

A. Stefanescu, M. W. Bautz, D. N. Burrows, L. Bombelli, C. Fiorini, G. Fraser, K. Heinzinger, S. Herrmann, M. Kuster, T. Lauf, P. Lechner, G. Lutz, P. Majewski, A. Meuris, S. S. Murray, M. Porro, R. Richter, A. Santangelo, G. Schaller, M. SchneckeF. Schopper, H. Soltau, L. Strüder, J. Treis, H. Tsunemi, G. De Vita, J. Wilms

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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 0.110 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 100×100μm2 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-539
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 11 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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