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K. Nandra (Universities Space Research Association)
Observations with RXTE have lead to major advances in our knowledge of the X-ray and multi-waveband variability properties of active galactic nuclei (AGN). In large part, this has been due to the fact that it has been possible to probe long time scale (months-years) variability in a systematic way. Current and future high-throughput missions will do an excellent job defining the characteristics of the short time variations. It is important, however, to make plans for longer-term monitoring in the future, given that RXTE has shown that this is how many of the important science questions can be addressed.
The author is supported by NASA ADP grant NAG5-7067 to the Universities Space Research Association.