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E. Costa, E. Del Monte, M. Feroci, I. Lapshov, M. Rapisarda, P. Soffitta (IAS/CNR - Rome, Italy), G. Barbiellini, M. Prest, E. Vallazza (INFN Trieste, Italy), S. Mereghetti, M. Tavani, S. Vercellone (IFC/CNR, Milan, Italy)
SuperAGILE is the X-ray stage of AGILE gamma-ray observatory. It is devoted to monitor X-ray (10-40 keV) sources with a sensitivity better than 10 mCrabs in one observing day and to detect hard X-ray transients in a field of view of 1.8 sr, well matched to that of the gamma-ray tracker, with few arc-minutes position resolution.
SuperAGILE is designed to exploit one additional layer of four silicon microstrip detectors, for a total geometric area of 1444 cm2, on top of the AGILE tracker and a system of four mutually orthogonal unidimensional coded masks to encode the X-ray sky. Low noise electronics based on ASICS technology is the front-end read out.
We present here the instrumental and astrophysical expected performances of SuperAGILE as derived by Monte Carlo simulations and experimental tests on a prototype of the silicon microstrip detector and front-end electronics.
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