I am pleased to invite you to respond to the 2nd “Announcement of Opportunity” by submitting proposals for observations with the Insight-HXMT satellite.
The Insight-HXMT is China's first X-ray satellite. It was launched on 15th June 2017 and is currently in service smoothly. There are three main payloads onboard Insight-HXMT, the high energy X-ray telescope (20-350 keV, 5100 cm2), the medium energy X-ray telescope (8-35 keV, 952 cm2), and the low energy X-ray telescope (1-12 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. More details can be found in the white book (http://newshxmt.ihep.ac.cn/index.php/2013-03-22-08-08-48/docs/339-whitebook2, Chinese version).
The key milestones for this announcements（UTC-8）:
Begin time: Jan. 1, 2019
Deadline: Mar. 15, 2019
Final approved programme: Mar. 31, 2019
Start of AO-2 Observations: Apr. 1, 2019
Planned end of AO-2 Observations: Mar. 31, 2020
(1) 12 Ms observation time in total is available in this announcement, among which 60% is for core proposals and 40% is for guest proposals.
(2) The core proposals are submitted only by the core science group leaders, which should be discussed and determined in the group. Data rights are shared within the core science group members during the data protection period.
(3) The core science group members may submit the guest proposals, and follow the data policy of guest proposals.
(4) Proposals about the Galactic Plane scan, background observation and calibration observation are only open to the core science group now.
(5) Joint Proposals are open to coordinate observations with other ground telescopes or satellites. Once approved, the proposer should coordinate the observation time of different devices.
(6) “PhD Research Program”: 20% of the data in the regular observations can be protected for PhD research. The PhD advisors in the core science groups may apply for the data protection for specified periods in the proposals. If approved, the data will not be released publicly during the protection periods.
(7) ToO data can also be applied for protection. If approved, the data protection period should be three months. Otherwise, ToO data will be released immediately.
(8) Both domestic and international scientists can submit guest proposals (in Chinese or English). It is recommended that international proposers collaborate with some domestic scientists in submitting proposals.
Other useful links:
Submitting via the website (registration needed): http://proposal.ihep.ac.cn/proposal/index.jspx
Observation time estimator: http://proposal.ihep.ac.cn/calc/calc.jsp
Target Visibility Predictor: http://proposal.ihep.ac.cn/soft/soft1.jspx
Bright source warning tool: http://proposal.ihep.ac.cn/soft/soft2.jspx
Spectrum simulation tool: http://proposal.ihep.ac.cn/soft/soft.jspx
Instructions for proposal submission: http://newshxmt.ihep.ac.cn/index.php/2013-03-22-08-08-48/docs/143-2016-06-16-11-17-56
Scientific attachment template: http://newshxmt.ihep.ac.cn/index.php/2013-03-22-08-08-48/docs/144-2016-06-17-06-50-50
List of Sources observed: http://newshxmt.ihep.ac.cn/index.php/plan/oklist
Insight-HXMT core team composition and paper signature rules：http://newshxmt.ihep.ac.cn/index.php/2013-03-22-08-08-48/docs/320-hxmt-the-composition-duties-and-rights-of-the-hxmt-core-scientific-team
Prof. Shuang Nan Zhang, PI of Insight-HXMT
Insight-HXMT Science Center
Jan. 1, 2019