X-ray All-Sky Monitor on JEM of the Space Station - MAXI (Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image)
We propose MAXI (Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image), an X-ray all sky monitor on the Exposed Facility (EF) of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) on the International Space Station. The construction of the EF of JEM is scheduled in 2001. In the present design, MAXI consists of two slit scanning camera systems: one with one-dimensional position sensitive proportional counters, and the other with an X-ray CCD array employed for one-dimensional imaging with fast readout. We plan to monitor broad categories of X-ray sources, both galactic and extragalactic. In particular, we attempt to monitor dim sources (~ several mCrab flux) on timescales of days to months.
All-Sky X-Ray Observations in the Next Decade
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