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MVN: x-ray monitor of the sky on Russian segment of ISS
Author(s): M. Revnivtsev; N. Semena; V. Akimov; V. Levin; D. Serbinov; A. Rotin; M. Kuznetsova; S. Molkov; M. Buntov; V. Tambov; I. Lapshov; E. Gurova; D. Simonenkov; A. Tkachenko; M. Pavlinsky; A. Markov; V. Konoshenko; D. Sibirtsev
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Paper Abstract

MVN (Monitor Vsego Neba) - new small X-ray astronomical experiment, which will be mounted on Russian segment of International Space Station. The main scientific goal for the instrument is the precise measurement of cosmic X-ray background in energy range 6-70 keV, which is important for theories of black hole evolution in the Universe. The ultimate aim of the experiment is to reach the accuracy of the CXB measurements, which will allow us to measure the large scale anisotropy of the Cosmic X-ray Background caused by inhomogeneities of the matter distribution in the local Universe. The MVN instrument is a simple collimated spectrometer, equipped with 4 CdTe pixellated detectors. The field of view of the instrument will be scanning the zenith of the ISS. The accuracy of the instrumental background subtraction, which is the main obstacle for the proposed task, will be provided by a cover, which will periodically block the aperture of detectors. According to our estimates, with not unfavourable radiation environment on orbit of ISS during period of operation of MVN we will be able to measure the CXB surface brightness at different sky directions with accuracy better than 1% after 2 years of the experiment. The planned dates of the experiment is 2013-2016.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 844310 (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925916
Show Author Affiliations
M. Revnivtsev, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
N. Semena, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
V. Akimov, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
V. Levin, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
D. Serbinov, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
A. Rotin, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
M. Kuznetsova, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
S. Molkov, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
M. Buntov, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
V. Tambov, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
I. Lapshov, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
E. Gurova, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
D. Simonenkov, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
A. Tkachenko, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
M. Pavlinsky, Space Research Institute (Russian Federation)
A. Markov, S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corp. Energia (Russian Federation)
V. Konoshenko, S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corp. Energia (Russian Federation)
D. Sibirtsev, S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corp. Energia (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8443:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Stephen S. Murray; Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Editor(s)

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