Watch: Highlights of the Insight-HXMT X-ray Astronomy Satellite with Prof. ZHANG Shuangnan | On Things to Come

On 24 November 2021, Prof. ZHANG Shuangnan gave an online seminar on Insight-HXMT X-ray Astronomy Satellite Program. The lecture was organized in the context of the ISSI-BJ "On Things to Come" series that addresses ongoing as well as future space missions by inviting renowned scientists from different countries, institutes, and space agencies. 

Watch it on Bilibili   


About the webinar

Insight-HXMT ( is China’s first X-ray astronomy satellite and was successfully launched on June 15th, 2017. It carries three sets of collimated X-ray instruments with large effective areas, covering energy ranges of 1-15 keV, 5-30 keV, and 20-250 keV, respectively. In addition, it can also serve as an all-sky monitor for high energy sources between 0.2 to 3 MeV, such as bright pulsars and gamma-ray bursts.

This talk will review some highlights of the scientific results of Insight-HXMT, including discoveries of the highest energy fundamental frequency of neutron star’s cyclotron absorption feature from an accretion neutron star, the highest energy low frequency quasi-periodic oscillations from an accretion black hole which is evidence for a relativistic jet near the black hole, the first non-thermal X-ray burst associated with a fast radio burst and its identification with a magnetar, etc. Insight-HXMT has been performing well in orbit and is expected to operate for several more years. The observational program of Insight-HXMT is open world-wide.



About Prof. ZHANG Shuangnan

Prof. ZHANG is the Director of Key Laboratory of Particle Astrophysics and Center for Particle Astrophysics, Institute of High Energy Physics; He is the Chief Scientist of Space Science Division and Director of the X-ray Imaging Laboratory, National Astronomical Observatories of China; He is also the Professor of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

His research interests cover most areas in high energy astrophysics, as well as cosmology and general relativity. He is the PI of several space experiments/missions, including POLAR, HXMT (since 2016), eXTP and HERD, and the Chinese Co-PI of SVOM. He is also a main promoter and serves as a science advisor to several space missions, including GECAM, EP and CATCH. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 refereed publications with more than 10000 citations.


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