Items filtered by date: October 2020

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PolarLight in the Orbit for Two Years

On 29 October 2020, the PolarLight X-ray polarimeter has been working in orbit for 2 years. On 29 October 2018, the CubeSat Tongchuan-1 with the PolarLight detector onboard was launched into a Low-Earth orbit from the Jiuquan satellite launching center. On December 18 of that year, the detector was powered on and detected the "first light" event. In March of 2019, after the commissioning phase of the satellite, PolarLight started scientific operations and has since been observing the Crab nebula, Sco X-1, as well as the in-orbit background. After two years, the detector is still working properly, without any performance degradation.

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2020 Zhenyi Scholarship awarded to Dr. Xiaochen Zheng

The 2020 Zhenyi Scholarship was held on Oct. 8th. Ms. Tao Fei, the sponsor of the Zhenyi Scholarship, attended the event together with graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs and faculty members of the DoA. Prof. Feng Hua introduced the purpose of establishing the Zhenyi Scholarship. Ms. Tao presented the prize to Dr. Zheng Xiaochen, the winner of this year's Zhenyi Scholarship, for her work on the dynamics of extrasolar planets and determination to pursue a career in astronomy. Afterwards, all participants shared their experiences, especially their perseverance required for female scholars to pursue a research career in the fundamental sciences. Finally, all female scholars of the DoA took a group photo.

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