*** SYMPOSIUM BACKGROUND***
The PANDA Symposia series are aiming at establishing and fostering collaborations among young postdoctoral fellows (0-6 years from graduation) from the Pacific/Asiatic scientific community with their peers across the globe. Besides enabling scientific mobility and networking, we are also aiming in providing young researchers with a forum to exchange ideas on current and future projects. The Symposia should take place every 2-3 years and have been held successfully two times.
*** SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE ***
The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), also known as Insight, is China’s first space X-ray astronomy satellite, designed to observe X-ray emission from galactic and extragalactic transients, and compact objects, such as black holes, neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). This satellite was launched on June 15, 2017; it has completed the commissioning phase and it is now in full operational mode. The mission also participated in a global joint observation in search of the electromagnetic counterparts of GW170817, providing stringent constraints for the properties of the binary neutron star merger. We plan to unveil the first scientific results from the Insight-HXMT a year after its launch, and discuss some hot topics in high-energy astrophysics. Hence, we organize the third PANDA Symposium, aiming at introducing the Insight-HXMT results to an international astrophysics community.
The 3rd PANDA Symposium aims to include experts in many high-energy astrophysics areas, in particular multi-wavelength Time Domain Astrophysics. It is organized in 5 days focused presenting the satellite’s instrument operation status and performance as well as scientific contributions interspersed in several scientific areas encompassing extreme astrophysical environments and the physical processes in the transient Universe: gravitational waves and their electromagnetic counterparts, Gamma-Ray Bursts, accretion on black holes and neutron stars, pulsars, magnetars, as well as Galactic Plane monitoring and surveying for high energy transients. A good part of the meeting will be dedicated in lively discussions fostering international multi-wavelength collaborations on new ideas and multi- mission projects.