Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 3141–3159, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-3141-2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 3141–3159, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-3141-2022
Research article
20 May 2022
Research article | 20 May 2022

Measurement of the vertical atmospheric density profile from the X-ray Earth occultation of the Crab Nebula with Insight-HXMT

Daochun Yu et al.

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In this work, the measurement of vertical atmospheric density profiles using X-ray Earth occultation is investigated. The Earth’s density profile for the lower thermosphere is obtained with Insight-HXMT. It is shown that the Insight-HXMT X-ray satellite of China can be used as an X-ray atmospheric diagnostics instrument for the upper atmosphere. The Insight-HXMT satellite can, with other X-ray astronomical satellites in orbit, form a network for X-ray Earth occultation sounding in the future.