"Astrophysics with All-Sky X-Ray Observations"

"-- 3rd international MAXI Workshop --"

Suzuki Umetaro Hall, RIKEN

Wako, Saitama, Japan
RIKEN Symposium, 10-12 June, 2008

Organized by RIKEN & JAXA

Proceedings are ready. (2009.2.19)

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Conference Program

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Workshop poster is ready.
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Scientific Goals

MAXI, an X-ray all-sky monitor mission on the Japanese Experiment Module of the International Space Station, scheduled to be launched in 2009 March, is currently in the final test phase. We will hold this workshop to inform the MAXI capability widely to the scientists in the world, to discuss the MAXI's science and to maximize its scientific output. We will invite several speakers and call for contributed short talks and posters.

Due to the unprecedented sensitivity of a few milli-Crab in a day covering most of the sky, MAXI can monitor the variability of a large number of X-ray sources at much lower flux levels than is possible with the current all-sky or wide-field missions. Its science output will be greatly enhanced by the joint multi-wavelength observations with contemporary missions such as INTEGRAL, Swift, GLAST and ground-based optical/NIR/radio observatories, as well as deep follow-up observation in X-ray by Suzaku, XMM, and Chandra. Collaboration with future X-ray all-sky programs, such as eRosita will be also usefull.

The observational findings by MAXI will be made public as soon as possible. Once MAXI discovers an X-ray nova or a transient X-ray source, an alert will be issued immediately to encourage multi-wavelength follow-up observations. Light curves and spectra of about 1000 pre-selected X-ray sources will be also regularly delivered to the community on the web.

Letter from MAXI mission team leader

MAXI references

Registration & Abstract Submission

Registration and abstract submission are available on the registration web page.
Please make registration before April, 26, 2008.

Participataion on that day is also welcomed.

We do not collect the registraction fees. The banquet fee of accompanying persons will be 4000 yen each.

Important Dates and Schedules

April 26 Registration deadline (Abstract)
June 10 MAXI workshop
June 10 Desk Registration (9 am - 10 am)
Scientific Sessions (10 am - 6 pm)
June 11 Scientific Sessions (9 am - 6 pm) and Banquet
June 12 Scientific Sessions (9 am - 6 pm)
June 13 Opional tour to see MAXI in JAXA (Tsukuba)
Augast 31 Proceedings deadline


Highlight Talks

This is tentative speakers.(Titles are also tentative.)
Variable Compact Sources
Kazuo Makishima "Suzaku observations of Black-Hole Bibaries and ULXs"
Andrzej Zdziarski "Long-term variability and super-orbital problems for compact X-ray sources"
Ryoji Matsumoto "Variability science in accretion disc theory"
Dave Thompson "Science of compact X- and gamma-ray sources"
Stefan Wagner"Multiwavelength observations of blazars"
Ian McHardy"Variability science of compact X-ray sources"
Jun Kataoka"Blazar science with MAXI"
Multiwavelength observation of AGN
Rob Fender"Multiwavelength observations of X-ray binaries and microquasars"
Pietro Ubertini"Hard X-ray sources observed by INTEGRAL and their science"
Ken Ebisawa"Galactic transient sources with MAXI"
Gamma-Ray bursts, Nova, Supernova, Magnetars
Colleen Wilson-Hodge "All-sky observations with BATSE and GBM: X-ray sources and GRB"
David Burrows"Recent results of GRB X-ray afterglows"
Shri Kulkarni"New transients in the optical and radio skies"
Motoko Suzuki"Transients observation with MAXI"
Surveys: point sources and diffuse emission
Lucien Kuiper"Hard X-ray and gamma-ray observations of magnetars"
Olaf Reimer"HESS unidentified sources"
Yoshihiro Ueda "New AGN catalog with MAXI"
Dan McCammon"Recent understandings of the diffuse soft X-ray sky"
Emi Miyata"Diffuse emission with MAXI"
Missions: MAXI and others
Shiro Ueno "Mission overview and schedule"
Hiroshi Tomida "Detectors"
Mutsumi Sugizaki "Response builder and simulation"
Hitoshi Negoro "Nova alerts and Black Hole transients"
Mitsuhiro Kohama "Data distribution and archives"

Conference Program

Conference program is ready.


The proceedings of this MAXI workshop will be published.


The workshop will be held at RIKEN (Wako, Japan). Wako city (Wako-shi) is westbound next to Tokyo metropolitan, 15min train-ride from Ikebukuro. RIKEN is famous for the discovery of the 113rd element, the human DNA analysis, and HETE project in astronomy.
Access to RIKEN is here.
RIKEN campus map is here.

Hotel Infomation

We hope the reservation of the hotel indeed without permission in each one.
Hotel infomation is here.


Recreational activities will be arranged on Friday 13, depending on the demands of the participants. We are planning the tour to Tsukuba Space Center (half a day) to see the MAXI flight model. See details.
People participating in the MAXI tour must gather after confirming the place and time that we inform you in the paper.

Other information

Please contact something to the conference desk if having embarrassed it. We are looking forward to seeing you in RIKEN for the workshop.

MAXI Advisers

Organizing Committee

Roger Blandford (Stanford)
Thierry Courvoisier (ISDC)
Andy Fabian (CAM)
Rob Fender (Southampton)
Neil Gehrels (NASA/GSFC)
Guenther Hasinger (MPE)
Katsuji Koyama (Kyoto)
Hideyo Kunieda (Nagoya)
Kazuo Makishima (Tokyo/RIKEN)
Dan McCammon (Wisconsin)
Shin Mineshige (Kyoto)
Kazuhisa Mitsuda (JAXA/ISAS)
Masaki Mori (Tokyo/ICRR)
Hiroshi Murakami (JAXA/ISAS)
Robert Petre (NASA/GSFC)
Luigi Piro (IASF)
Tadayuki Takahashi (JAXA/ISAS)
David Thompson (NASA/GSFC)
Ken Ebisawa (JAXA/ISAS)
Nobuyuki Kawai (Tokyo Tech) (Chair)
Kazuyoshi Kawasaki (JAXA)
Mitsuhiro Kohama (RIKEN)
Tatehiro Mihara (RIKEN) (Co-chair)
Emi Miyata (Osaka)
Hitoshi Negoro (Nihon)
Mutsumi Sugizaki (RIKEN)
Hiroshi Tomida (JAXA)
Hiroshi Tsunemi (Osaka)
Yoshihiro Ueda (Kyoto)
Shiro Ueno (JAXA)
Atsumasa Yoshida (AGU)


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