High sensitivity all sky X-ray monitor and survey with MAXI

N. Isobe*, T. Mihara, M. Kohama, M. Suzuki, M. Matsuoka, S. Ueno, H. Tomida, N. Kawai, J. Kataoka, A. Yoshida, K. Yamaoka, H. Tsunemi, E. Miyata, H. Negoro, M. Nakajima, M. Morii

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MAXI is an all sky X-ray monitor to be mounted on the Japanese Experimental Module in the International Space Station (ISS). It scans almost all over the sky every 96 minutes, in the course of the orbital motion of the ISS. MAXI is designed to have a sensitivity, significantly higher than the previous X-ray monitors, and then, to detect X-ray sources as faint as 1 mCrab in a week observation. Therefore, MAXI is expected to create a novel catalogue of not only the stable X-ray sources but also the highly variable ones in the sky, especially active galactic nuclei for the first time. If MAXI detects X-ray phenomena, alerts will be quickly made through the Internet.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFirst GLAST Symposium
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope Symposium, GLAST - Stanford, CA, United States
Duration: 2007 Feb 52007 Feb 8

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference1st Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope Symposium, GLAST
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford, CA


  • All sky X-ray monitor
  • International Space Station
  • MAXI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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