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Rene Hudec: AXRO Welcome and Historical Background
AXRO Welcome and Historical Background will be given.
John Nousek: Speeding up Swift
NASA\'s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory has functioned for a decade and a half as the world\'s premier observatory for rapid time-domain astrophysics. The pace of extraordinary speed of discovery through programs such as the LIGO gravitational wave, IceCube neutrino sources and the LSST transient discovery program demands that Swift becomes even faster, and able to handle multiple simultaneous Target of Opportunity requests.
I will outline our plans for new software development and operational management that both shorten Swift\'s response times, more... and improve the operational request checking efficiency and capability. The improvement we envision will allow Swift to create full science plans on a timescale of less than a day, as compared to the current typical one day planning cycle.
Gabriel Torok: On the mass and quasi-periodic modulation of X-ray flux of active galactic nuclei