EAS2022 SS9: eXTP - a future China-EU X-ray mission to study matter under extreme conditions
The eXTP (enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry) mission is a major project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with a large involvement of Europe and expected ESA support. It is designed to study the state of matter under extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism, as for instance what is happening on the vicinity of black holes or what is the state of matter inside neutron stars. Its predicted launch is in 2027.
A large European consortium (Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Turkey) is contributing to the eXTP study, both for the science and the instrumentation, providing two of the four instruments: LAD and WFM (led by Italy and Spain, respectively). The WFM for eXTP will be a wide field X-ray monitor instrument in the 2-50 keV energy range. Its unprecedented combination of large field of view and imaging down to 2 keV will allow eXTP to make important discoveries of the variable and transient X-ray sky, outstanding contributions to multi-messenger astronomy. A special session on eXTP in the framework of the EAS is a unique opportunity to update the European and worldwide community about the progress of the mission and its exciting science output.