Exploring the Dynamic X-ray Universe
Transients and variable objects pervade the sky in the X-ray universe. All-sky monitors (ASM) contributed to new discoveries and/or extensively studies of the X-ray sky since the early days of X-ray astronomy. Time domain astronomy will see its golden era towards the end of this decade with the advent of major facilities across the electromagnetic spectrum and in the multi‐messenger realms of gravitational wave and neutrino. The Forum’s main aims are related to discus the importance of the scientific use of soft X-ray wide-field monitoring observatories in the Violent Universe domain as well as to discuss the technologies. In the soft X-ray regime, the novel micro-pore lobster-eye optics provides a promising technology to realize, for the first time, focusing X-ray optics for wide-angle monitors to achieve a good combination of sensitivity and wide field of view. In this context – a soft X-ray all sky monitor – has been proposed and selected as one of the candidate missions for advanced studies in the space science program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
This forum is designed to provide a brainstorming opportunity to discuss the most important science developments in this field towards 2020 and beyond and how to achieve them technologically, by bring together experts of both research (theorists and observers) and instrumentation. Special attention will be given to a soft X-ray all sky monitor mission (Einstein Probe), its key science goals and mission definition, as well as some of the key technological issues.
Date: 6-7 May 2014
|Yuan Weimin||NAOC, CAS, China|
|Julian Osborne||Leicester University, UK|
|Neil Gehrels||NASA / GSFC, USA|
|George Fraser||Leicester University, UK|
|Zhang Shuangnan||IHEP, CAS, China|
|Maurizio Falanga||ISSI-BJ, China|
Link to the Einstein Probe mission website