The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) , named "Insight", is China’s first X-ray astronomy satellite. There are three main payloads onboard Insight-HXMT, the high energy X-ray telescope (20-250 keV, 5100 cm2), the medium energy X-ray telescope (5-30 keV, 952 cm2), and the low energy X-ray telescope (1-15 keV, 384 cm2). The main scientific objectives of Insight-HXMT are: (1) to scan the Galactic Plane to find new transient sources and to monitor the known variable sources, (2) to observe X-ray binaries to study the dynamics and emission mechanism in strong gravitational or magnetic fields, and (3) to find and study gamma-ray bursts with its anti-coincidence CsI detectors.
- AO-5 Cycle Proposal Evaluation Announcement
- Insight-HXMT Data Release 9
- Insight-HXMT Gives Insight into Origin of Fast Radio Bursts
(2021/02/24)Insight-HXMT detected a very bright X-ray burst from SGR J1935+2154. This X-ray burst was also detected by the European satellite INTEGRALwhich is a magnetar in our Milky Way.Insight-HXMT is the first to identify the double-spike structure of this X-ray burst as the high energy counterpart of FRB 200428. This discoverythus proving that both the X-ray burst and FRB 200428 originated from magnetar SGR J1935+2154. This represents not only the first confirmed source of an FRBThe latest observations
- The Special Issue on Insight-HXMT is complete and available electronically on ScienceDirect
(2020/07/05)The Special Issue Performance and Early Results of China’s 1st X-ray Astronomy Satellite Insight-HXMT is now complete and available electronically on ScienceDirect.