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Next generation x-ray all-sky monitor
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Paper Abstract

We set forth a conceptual design for an x-ray all-sky monitor based on lobster-eye wide-field telescopes. This instrument, suitable for a small satellite, would monitor the flux of objects as faint as 2 multiplied by 10-12 erg cm-2 s-1 (0.5 - 2.4 keV) on a daily basis with a signal-to-noise of 5. Sources would be located to 1 - 2 arc- minutes. Detailed simulations show that crosstalk from the cruciform lobster images would not significantly compromise performance. At this sensitivity limit, we could monitor not just x- ray binaries but fainter classes of x-ray sources. Hundreds of active galactic nuclei, coronal sources, and cataclysmic variables could be tracked on a daily basis. Large numbers of fast transients should be visible, including gamma-ray bursts and the soft x-ray breakout of nearby type II supernovae.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 1995
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2515, X-Ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Optics, (20 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212590
Show Author Affiliations
William C. Priedhorsky, Los Alamos National Lab. (USA) and Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)
Andrew G. Peele, Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)
Keith A. Nugent, Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2515:
X-Ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Optics
Richard B. Hoover; Arthur B. C. Walker, Editor(s)

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