HEAD 2000, November 2000
Session 39. The Future of X-Ray Timing
Invited Workshop, Thursday, November 9, 2000, 7:30-10:00pm, Pago Pago Ballroom

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[39.12] Broad Band X-ray Monitor is Essential for Future X-ray Timing Missions

R. E. Rothschild (CASS/UCSD)

The UK-V All Sky Monitor was the first ASM to be used to affect the observing programs of its own and other x-ray astronomy missions targeting temporal and spectral variability. The CGRO/BATSE monitoring of bright hard x-ray sources using the earth-occultation technique and the RXTE/ASM coded mask imaging of the x-ray sky have drastically altered the science that can be addressed from high sensitivity pointed instruments, and not just in the x-ray band. I will discuss the science from the Next Generation X-ray Timing mission that is made possible by the presence of a contemporaneous broad band (~1 to >200 keV) all sky monitor. This includes, but is not limited to, identifying galactic black holes in transient sources, studying accretion phenomena over a wide range of accretion rates onto neutron stars and black holes, and relating multiwavelength phenomena, such as jet emission in the radio to spectral variability in the x-ray in microquasars.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: rrothschild@ucsd.edu

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