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The X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU)

The X-IFU is a revolutionary X-ray spectrometer, one of the two instruments of the European Space Agency’s future space telescope, Athena. It will observe with X-ray eyes, the hot and energetic Universe, a world of clusters of galaxies, black holes, and exploding stars.

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Find out about this revolutionary instrument of ESA’s Athena mission

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The X-IFU Gazette #21 has been released!

Welcome to the 21st issue of the X-IFU Gazette! 2022 is an important year for the X-IFU, and we are […]

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Investigating outflowing gas around Supermassive black holes

All the galaxies in the Universe host a supermassive black hole of unknown origin at their center and the mass of the black hole…

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Women in Science Day: AstroSciku contest results

Today, on 11 February, we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. For this occasion, the X-IFU […]

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People of X-IFU

"By improving spectral and angular resolutions, with such a large effective area, Athena X-IFU will represent a major step for X-ray astronomy."

Jiri Svoboda

Astronomer at the Astronomic Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

"When Athena X-IFU will be launched, we will see things humans never observed before."

Kazuhisa Mitsuda

Board member

"Once Athena X-IFU will be launched, observation of the sky will be taken to a whole new level. The instrument should be able to reveal the origin of the universe!"

Teresa Mineo

Physicist at INAF

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