August 28, 2014

A few results of the mission

In 2004 and 2005, SPI/Integral instrument enabled the realisation of the first complete map of the emission at 511 kev (energy of the annihilation positron/electron). This annihilation mainly happens in the galactic bulb area which is not easily explainable by current theories. One of Integral main objectives in the next years will be to find the nature of those antimatter sources.

Integral recently discovered a new class of astronomical objects: pulsars able to produce magnetic fields a billion time stronger than those observed in laboratory on Earth.