Science objectives

Einstein Probe will carry out systematic wide-field sky monitoring surveys in the soft X-ray band with unprecedented sensitivity, complemented by prompt and deep X-ray follow-up capability. The primary science objectives are:

  1. Discover and characterize cosmic X-ray transients, to reveal their properties and gain insight into their nature and underlying physics.
  2. Discover and characterize X-ray outbursts from normally quiescent black holes, for better understanding of the demography of black holes and their origin and evolution, as well as accretion physics.
  3. Search for X-ray sources associated with gravitational-wave events and precisely locate them.