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Einstein Probe: a lobster-eye telescope for monitoring the x-ray sky
Author(s): Weimin Yuan; Chen Zhang; Zhixing Ling; Donghua Zhao; Wenxin Wang; Yong Chen; Fangjun Lu; Shuang-Nan Zhang; Wei Cui
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Paper Abstract

The Einstein Probe (EP) is a small satellite dedicated to time-domain astronomy to monitor the sky in the soft X-ray band. It is a mission led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and developed in its space science programme with international collaboration. Its wide-field imaging capability is achieved by using established technology of the micro-pore lobster-eye X-ray focusing optics. Complementary to this is deep X-ray follow-up capability enabled by a Wolter-I type X-ray telescope. EP is also capable of fast transient alerts triggering and downlink, aiming at multi-wavelength follow-up observations by the world-wide community. EP will enable systematic survey and characterisation of high-energy transients at unprecedented sensitivity, spatial resolution, grasp and monitoring cadence. Its scientific goals are mainly concerned with discovering new or rare types of transients, including tidal disruption events, supernova shock breakouts, high-redshift GRBs, and of particular interest, electromagnetic sources of gravitational wave events.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 1069925 (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313358
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Weimin Yuan, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Chen Zhang, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Zhixing Ling, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Donghua Zhao, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Wenxin Wang, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Yong Chen, Institute of High Energy Physics (China)
Fangjun Lu, Institute of High Energy Physics (China)
Shuang-Nan Zhang, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Institute of High Energy Physics (China)
Wei Cui, Tsinghua Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10699:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Shouleh Nikzad; Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Editor(s)

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