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EXIST: The Ultimate Spatial/Temporal Hard X-ray Survey

Grindlay, J. and Bildsten, L. and Blandford, R. and Chakrabarty, D. and Elvis, M. and Fabian, A. and Fiore, F. and Fishman, G. and Gehrels, N. and Hailey, C. and Harrison, F. and Hartmann, D. and Kouveliotou, C. and Prince, T. and Ramsey, B. and Rothschild, R. and Skinner, G. and Woosley, S. (2001) EXIST: The Ultimate Spatial/Temporal Hard X-ray Survey. In: GAMMA 2001: Gamma-Ray Astrophysics 2001. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.587. American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY, pp. 899-908. ISBN 0-7354-0027-X.

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The Energetic X-ray Imaging Survey Telescope (EXIST) is a proposed mission to conduct an all-sky imaging hard x-ray (HX) survey (~5–600 keV) with ~0.05mCrab sensitivity (5σ; 6mo.; ~5–100keV) comparable to the ROSAT soft x-ray survey, and to provide the maximum sensitivity and resolution (spatial and temporal) HX imager as the Next Generation GRB mission. Its primary science goals are to i) identify and measure obscured AGN and constrain the accretion luminosity of the universe as well as the cosmic IR background from Blazar spectra coincident with GeV-TeV observations, ii) measure spectra, variability and locations for the faintest GRBs to study the most energetic events in the universe and the earliest epoch of star formation, and iii) study black holes on all scales, from x-ray transients to luminous AGN. EXIST would incorporate a very large area (~8m^2) imaging Cd-Zn-Te detector and coded aperture telescope array with nearly half-sky instantaneous view which images the full sky each orbit. With fixed zenith pointing, it could be mounted on the ISS or a free flyer and would complement both GLAST and Constellation-X science if launched before 2010, as recommended by the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey.

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Additional Information:© 2001 American Institute of Physics. Issue Date: 7 October 2001.
Group:Space Radiation Laboratory
Subject Keywords:X-ray astronomy; X-ray detection; astronomical telescopes; astronomical atlases; astronomical catalogues; galactic nuclei; accretion; cosmic background radiation; BL Lac-type objects; image sensors; star formation; black holes; X-ray sources (astronomical); quasars; surveying
Series Name:AIP Conference Proceedings
Issue or Number:587
Classification Code:PACS: 95.55.Ka; 95.80.+p; 95.85.Nv; 97.10.Bt; 98.70.Rz; 97.60.Lf
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