Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope
Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) is a planned Chinese X-ray space observatory, scheduled for launch in November 2016 to observe black holes, neutron stars and other phenomena based on their X-ray and gamma ray emissions. It will be China's first astronomy satellite. It is based on the JianBing 3 imagery reconnaissance satellite series platform.
The main scientific instrument is an array of 18 NaI(Tl)/CsI(na) slat-collimated "phoswich" scintillation detectors, collimated to 5.7°×1° overlapping fields of view. The main NaI detectors have an area of 286 cm2 each, and cover the 20—200 keV energy range. Data analysis is planned to be by a direct algebraic method, "direct demodulation", which has shown promise in de-convolving the raw data into images while preserving excellent angular and energy resolution.
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- HXMT.cn, The direct demodulation method Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (Imaging by direct deconvolution) c.2004
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