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Session 16 - Studies of Black Holes & Future Survey Missions.
Oral session, Monday, June 09
North Main Hall A,

[16.06] MAXI (Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image) for JEM on the Space Station

M. Matsuoka, N. Kawai, T. Kotani, T. Mihara, B. Rubin, H. Shimizu, A. Yoshida (Inst. of Phys. and Chem. Res. (RIKEN)), H. Tsunemi, K. Hayashida, S. Kitamoto, K. Yoshita (Osaka Univ.)

MAXI (Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image) is designed to achieve an all sky X-ray monitoring. It will be placed on the Exposed Facility (EF) of the Japanese Experimental Module (JEM) on the International Space Station. In the present design. MAXI is a slit scanning camera system which consists of two kinds of X-ray detectors; one with one-dimensional position sensitive proportional counters and the other with an X-ray CCD array employed for one-dimensional imaging. Construction of the EF of JEM is scheduled for 2001 and the MAXI will be installed in an early phase of JEM payloads.

MAXI has been designed to detect one milli-Crab X-ray sources in a-few-day observations. The whole sky will be covered completely in every orbit of the Space Station. MAXI will be capable of monitoring variability of galactic and extragalactic sources on timescales of days with a sensitivity improvement of a factor of 5 over previous mission.

In this paper we will report on the basic design and simulation results.

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