Introduction to Insight-HXMT: China’s first X-ray Astronomy Satellite

Title: Introduction to Insight-HXMT: China’s first X-ray Astronomy Satellite

Speaker: 张双南 教授(国家基金委杰青)
Institute: 中国科学院高能物理研究所(IHEP)、中国科学院大学(UCAS)
Time: 2018.05.15(Tuesday) 15:00-17:00
Place: Physics Building 573, Haiyun Campus, Xiamen University
Abstract: Insight-HXMT is China’s first X-ray Astronomy Satellite, which was proposed and developed under the leadership of Professor Tipei Li, and successfully launched on June 15th, 2017. It carries three sets of collimated X-ray instruments, covering energy ranges of 1-15 keV, 5-30 keV, and 20-250 keV, respectively. In addition, it can serve as a nearly all-sky monitor for high energy sources between 0.2 to 3 MeV, such as bright pulsars and gamma-ray bursts. The performance verification (PV) and calibration program has finished in November 2017 and the regular science observation program has been on going. In this talk, I will describe the instrumentation of Insight-HXMT, its in-orbit performance and some early results, including the Galactic plane scanning survey, black holes, pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, etc.

Shuang-Nan Zhang obtained his bachelor degree from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) in 1984 and PhD degree from Southampton University in UK in 1989. He spent three years as a postdoc at University of Pennsylvania. He joined the BATSE/CGRO team in 1992 and developed the earth occultation imaging technique. In 1998 he moved to University of Alabama at Huntsville as a faculty member. In 2002 he moved back to China as a distinguished professor in Tsinghua University, and since 2009 he has become the director of the Division for and the Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics in IHEP, CAS. His research interests cover most areas in high energy astrophysics (e.g., pulsars, X-ray binaries, microquasars, gamma-ray bursts, active galactic nuclei), as well as cosmology, general relativity and space instrumentation. He is the PI of POLAR, Insight-HXMT and some future large space astronomy missions (e.g. eXTP and HERD), and the Chinese Co-PI of SVOM. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 refereed publications with about 7000 total citations.