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CAS Einstein Probe
 
Exploring the Dynamic X-Ray Universe 
  

Speaker: YUAN Weimin (National Astronomical Observatories of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
 
Wednesday, 9 June 2021 
4 pm GMT+8


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The X-ray sky is dynamic and rich in high-energy transients and variability, some of which remain mysterious in nature while more await discovery. Dedicated to time-domain astrophysics, the Einstein Probe (EP) is a space X-ray observatory designed to perform sensitive monitoring of the sky in the poorly explored soft X-ray band at high cadence and to characterise interesting sources discovered. It is expected to detect X-ray transients of various kinds in large numbers, including new classes, and to monitor the variability of known sources. To achieve this goal, it carries an imaging Wide-field X-ray Telescope (WXT) with a 3600 square-degree FoV, which makes use of novel micro-pore optics for X-ray focusing, and enables detection of fainter X-ray transients than those detectable with the conventional non-focusing sky monitors. It also carries a Follow-up X-ray Telescope (FXT) for deep observations in 0.3-10keV to characterise and precisely locate newly discovered transients. Transient alerts will be issued quickly to trigger follow-up observations at multi-wavelengths. The main science goals of EP are concerned with violent processes and extreme physical conditions involving black holes, compact objects and catastrophic celestial events. Einstein Probe is a mission led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in collaboration with ESA (as mission-of-opportunity) and MPE, Germany. This presentation will introduce the mission concept and current development, and its science capability and prospects.

About YUAN Weimin

Dr. Weimin Yuan is the chief scientist of the High-energy Astrophysics Group at Space Science Division, National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC), CAS. His research interests involve X-ray astronomy, mainly in the observational and experimental study of active galactic nuclei and high-energy transients. He pursued his doctoral research at Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and obtained a Ph.D. in physics from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. Afterward, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Tsukuba Space Center of JAXA, Japan, for the development of the MAXI mission, and later at the University of Cambridge, UK, on X-ray astronomy. He joined CAS in 2004, first at NAOC/Yunnan Observatory, and then at NAOC headquarter. He is the Principal Investigator of the CAS’s Einstein Probe mission.


 
Schedule

23 September 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Geraint Jones – ESA Comet Interceptor Mission [YouTube/Youku]
21 October 2020 
8 pm (GMT+8)
Ralph Lorenz – NASA Dragonfly Mission [YouTube/Youku]
4 November 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Wang Chi – ESA SMILE Mission [YouTube/Youku]
25 November 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Heike Rauer – ESA PLATO Mission [YouTube/Youku]
9 December 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Takehiko Satoh – JAXA Akatsuki Mission [YouTube/Bilibili]
18 December 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Olivier Witasse – ESA JUICE Mission [YouTube/Bilibili]
21 December 2020
4 pm (GMT+8)
Tomohiro Usui – JAXA MMX Mission [YouTube/Bilibili]
13 January 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Weiqun Gan – CAS ASO-S Mission [YouTube/Bilibili] 
27 January 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Giovanna Tinetti – ESA Ariel Mission [YouTube/Bilibili] 
24 February 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Johannes Benkhoff – ESA BepiColombo Mission I [YouTube/Bilibili] 
10 March 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Gabriele Cremonese – ESA BepiColombo Mission II  [YouTube/Bilibili] 
24 March 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Go Murakami – ESA BepiColombo Mission III [YouTube/Bilibili] 
7 April 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Yoshifumi Saito – ESA BepiColombo Mission IV [YouTube/Bilibili] 
14 April 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Daniel Mueller – ESA Solar Orbiter Mission I [YouTube/Bilibili] 
21 April 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Stefano Vitale – ESA LISA Mission [YouTube/Bilibili] 
6 May 2021
9 am (GMT+8)
Andy Cheng – NASA DART Mission [YouTube/Bilibili] 
12 May 2021
9 am (GMT+8)
Robert Pappalardo – NASA Europa Clipper [YouTube/Bilibili] 
19 May 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Saem Krucker – ESA Solar Orbiter Mission II Watch
25 May 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Sami Solanki – ESA Solar Orbiter Mission III Watch
2 June 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Athena Coustenis – ESA's ExoMars Missions Register
9 June 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Yuan Weimin – CAS Einstein Probe Mission
16 June 2021
10 am (GMT+8)
Evgenya Shkolnik – NASA SPARCS Mission
30 June 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
René Laurelijs – ESA EUCLID Mission
7 July 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
ZHAN Hu – CMS Chinese Space Station Telescope
14 July 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Tomoko Arai – JAXA DESTINY+ Mission
21 July 2021
4 pm (GMT+8)
Micheal Küppers – ESA HERA Mission
25 August 2021
4 pm (GMT+8) 
HE Huaiyu – CAS Chang'e 5 Mission
1 September 2021
4 pm (GMT+8) 
ZHANG Shuangnan – CAS HXMT Mission
9 Sept. 2021
10 am (GMT+8)
Lindy Elkins-Tanton – NASA Psyche Mission
15 Sept. 2021
4 pm (GMT+8) 
LIN Honglei – CAS Tianwen-1 
22 Sept. 2021
9 am (GMT+8)
Hal Levison – NASA Lucy Mission
29 Sept. 2021
9 am (GMT+8)
Ralph McNutt – NASA Interstellar Probe

 

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