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20 June 1995 Next generation x-ray all-sky monitor
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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.
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William C. Priedhorsky, Andrew G. Peele, and Keith A. Nugent "Next generation x-ray all-sky monitor", Proc. SPIE 2515, X-Ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Optics, (20 June 1995); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.212590
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