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MIRAX: the galactic bulge transient monitor mission
Author(s): Richard E. Rothschild; William A. Heindl; John A. Tomsick; James L. Matteson; Joao Braga; Ruediger Staubert; Eckhard Kendziorra; Ronald A. Remillard; John Heise; Jean J. M. in 't Zand
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Paper Abstract

Monitor e Imageador de RAios-X (MIRAX) is a Brazilian high energy astronomy mission dedicated to monitoring the central 1000 sq. deg. of the Galactic plane to observe unpredictable transient phenomena from compact objects in the 2-200 keV range through nearly continuous imaging with good spatial/temporal/energy resolution. The strength of MIRAX lies in the departure of its observing strategy from traditional pointed programs and scanning monitors. MIRAX will achieve two major advantages over previous and existing missions. First, it will detect, localize, and study transient phenomena, which last on all timescales from milliseconds to years, and are very likely to be missed by traditional observing strategies. Second, MIRAX will study longer lived phenomena in exquisite detail. The mission elements and science will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.549890
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Richard E. Rothschild, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
William A. Heindl, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
John A. Tomsick, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
James L. Matteson, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Joao Braga, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (Brazil)
Ruediger Staubert, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Eckhard Kendziorra, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Ronald A. Remillard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
John Heise, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
Jean J. M. in 't Zand, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5488:
UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems
Guenther Hasinger; Martin J. L. Turner, Editor(s)

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