TITLE

Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI)

AUTHOR(S)
Mihara, Tatehiro; Matsuoka, Masaru; Kawai, Nobuyuki; Yoshida, Atsumasa; Tsunemi, Hiroshi; Miyata, Emi; Negoro, Hitoshi; Torii, Kenichi; Ueno, Shiro; Sugizaki, Mutsumi; Tomida, Hiroshi; Sakurai, Ikuya; Shirasaki, Yuji; Yamauchi, Makoto
PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p181
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) is the first astrophysical payload which will be mounted on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Exposed Facility in 2004. It is an X-ray all-sky monitor with unprecedented sensitivity to watch the activities of the X-ray sources in the whole sky in every 90 minutes. MAXI is boxshaped in 0.8×1.2×1.85 m with the weight of 500 kg. The mission life will be at least 2 years. MAXI has two fan-like field of views (FOV), 106×1.5 degree each. The X-ray instruments are Gas Slit Camera (GSC) and Solid-state Slit Camera (SSC). The GSC uses gas one-dimensional position sensitive proportional counters with 5340 cm2 effective area in total and the SSC uses CCDs with 200 cm2. Both are capable to detect one-dimensional image which is used to obtain the locations of the X-ray sources in the FOV along the long direction. Together with the scan which determine the other direction, MAXI can scan almost all sky with a precision of better than 1 degree in the energy range of 0.5–30 keV. The CCD is electrically cooled to -60 °C and the camera body is radiatively cooled to -20 °C. The CCD chip itself and the radiators may suffer contamination problem. The continuous Ethernet down link will enable us to alert the astronomers in all over the world to the appearance of X-ray transients, novae, bursts, flares etc. We made a test counter and test chips in 1998. Those are being tested in RIKEN, NASDA and Osaka-university. In this paper the test results will be presented, as well as the general description of the MAXI mission. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
5985156

 

Related Articles

  • Architecture in Motion. Dalvesco, Rebecca // Humanities;Nov2002, Vol. 23 Issue 6, p36 

    Presents information on the skylab launched by the U.S. in the 1960s. Description of the skylab; Mission of the skylab; Design of the skylab.

  • MIR fires beams at Swedish satellite. Covault, Craig // Aviation Week & Space Technology;4/4/1994, Vol. 140 Issue 14, p71 

    Reports on the Russian Mir space station's multinational project with a Swedish target satellite. Firing of Mir's electron beam gun at `Freja' spacecraft; Location of test; Objective of the test; Monitor of test; Agreement banning Russian military space operations; Discussion between Russia and...

  • International space station takes shape.  // Popular Mechanics;Feb99, Vol. 176 Issue 2, p20 

    Reports that the most complex construction project ever attempted has begun with the joining of the first two elements of the international space station (ISS). Space explorations planned; Information on the Russia-built Zarya; Features of the ISS.

  • Fingers crossed... Samuel, Eugenie // New Scientist;03/10/2001, Vol. 169 Issue 2281, p5 

    Discusses the plans for the decomissioning of the Mir space station. Plans to drop the station in the Pacific Ocean in a controlled descent; Difficulty of predicting the details of the descent; Comparison of the maneuver to that of the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory.

  • EuroMir research starts; Russians prepare GOMS. Covault, Craig // Aviation Week & Space Technology;10/10/1994, Vol. 141 Issue 15, p23 

    Reports on the liftoff of the Soyuz TM-20 spacecraft for the EuroMir mission. European Space Agency astronaut Ulf Merbold's research on the Russian Mir space station; Other major events concerning unmanned Russian missions; Launching of Russia's geosynchronous meteorological satellite (GOMS) or...

  • Leonid meteors: Celestial fireworks, satellite killers... Kleinschimdt, Kirk A. // Popular Electronics;Nov97, Vol. 14 Issue 11, p42 

    Provides information on the danger brought up by the Leonid meteor shower to Earth's satellites and space stations. Communication satellites that are destroyed by meteors; Protective measures in space shuttle to reduce cumulative micrometroid damage; Effects of plasma clouds to satellites. ...

  • Egyptian satellite launches successfully.  // African Business News;4/16/2014, p8 

    The article reports on the launch of Egyptian Satellite EgySat by the Russian Space Agency from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • A new year, a new world view. Riddle, Bob // Science Scope;Jan2015, Vol. 38 Issue 5, p68 

    The article focuses on Earth-observing satellites. It states that these satellites are used for active military, government, civil and commercial purposes. It notes the opportunities for students to learn about the Earth by using resources from the International Space Station (ISS). Also...

  • ECCO: The extremely heavy cosmic ray composition observer. Westphal, A. J.; Budinoff, J.; Collins, C. M.; Eby, R.; Lewis, R.; Park, E. A.; Sauerwein, T. A.; Barbier, L. M.; Carter, R. C.; Lin, C.-L.; Solarz, M.; Weaver, B. A.; Yun, D. D.; Zaerpoor, K. // AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p193 

    Interstellar space is filled with a gas of highly energetic ions and electrons, the galactic cosmic rays. These mysterious particles move at nearly the speed of light; despite decades of research, their origin remains unknown. Measurements of the abundances of the heaviest elements in the...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics