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  • ReceivedOct 27, 2017
  • AcceptedJan 4, 2018
  • PublishedJan 26, 2018
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Abstract

The Einstein Probe is a small mission dedicated to time-domain astronomy to monitor the sky in the soft X-ray band(0.5–4 keV). It will carry out systematic survey and characterisation of high-energy transients at unprecedented sensitivity, spatial resolution, Grasp and monitoring cadence. Its wide-field imaging capability, as provided by an X-ray monitor with a field of view of 3600 square degrees, is enabled by using established technology of micro-pore lobster-eye focusing optics. Complementary to this wide-field instrument is a follow-up X-ray telescope with a large effective area and a narrow field of view. It is also capable of real time triggering and downlink of transient alerts on the fly, in order to activate multi-wavelength follow-up observations by other astronomical facilities worldwide. Its scientific goals are concerned with discovering new or rare types of transients, particularly tidal disruption events, supernova shock breakouts, high-redshift gamma-ray bursts and, particularly, electromagnetic sources associated with gravitational wave events. The mission is planned for launch around end of 2022, with a lifetime of three years and five years as a goal.


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中国科学院战略性先导科技专项(编号:)


Acknowledgment

由于篇幅有限, 未能列出EP项目团队各个单位的所有参与人员, 在此一并表示感谢. 对长期以来对EP项目予以支持、帮助与合作的同事表示衷心的感谢. 感谢郝晋新、张晓宇、包聪颖、曹丽、王慎、胡景耀、马玉倩、薛随建、陶鹏、韦飞、范全林、曹松、任丽文、孙丽琳、郑建华、朱振才、陈雯、余金培、魏建彦、李晔、姚苏、杨雪、常进、王挺贵、周宏岩、R. Willingale, P. O’Brien, J. P. Osborne, M. Matsuoka, N. Gehrels, G. Fraser, B. Cordier, T. Mihara, S. Komossa, M. Feroci, L. Piro等人. 感谢与EP科学工作组成员的广泛而深入的讨论.


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