X-IFU presence at the SPIE

The Cryogenic AntiCoincidence Detector for ATHENA X-IFU: a program overview - Dr. Claudio Macculi The Cryogenic AntiCoincidence Detector for ATHENA X-IFU: preliminary test and data analysis of the new “bridges-suspended” single pixel - Dr. Matteo D’Andrea Microcalorimeter pulse analysis by means of principle component decomposition - Dr. Cor P de Vries TES pixel parameter design of the microcalorimeter array for the x-ray integral field unit on Athena - Dr. Stephen J Smith Implementation and fabrication considerations of an optimal hybrid array for the Athena X-ray Integral Field Unit instrument - Dr. Simon R Bandler The impact of crosstalk in the Athena/X-IFU instrument on the GRB/WHIM science case - Dr. Roland H den Hartog Performance assessment of different pulse reconstruction algorithms for the Athena X-ray Integral Field Unit - Mr. Philippe Peille X-Ray absorption spectroscopy on test thermal filters for the ATHENA X-IFU detector - Prof. Marco Barbera The Athena/XIFU filter wheel - Dr. Enrico Bozzo Gain stability with no-feedback-loop developed for the X-IFU/Athena readout chain - Dr. Damien Prêle Updates on the background estimates for the X-IFU instrument onboard of the ATHENA mission - Dr. Simone Lotti The Athena x-ray integral field unit - Dr. Didier Barret The mechanical and EM simulations of the CryoAC DM for the ATHENA X-IFU - Mr. Dario Corsini The focal plane assembly for the Athena X-ray Integral Field Unit instrument - Dr. Brian Jackson Preliminary thermal architecture of the X-IFU instrument - Dr. Ivan Charles X-IFU Instrument: technical challenges and preliminary design - Mr. Thien Lam Trong Conceptual design of the X-IFU instrument control unit on board the ESA Athena mission - Dr. Leonardo Corcione TESSIM: A simulator for the ATHENA X-IFU - Prof. Jörn Wilms Observing the WHIM with ATHENA - Prof. Jörn Wilms Optimising the multiplex factor of the frequency domain multiplexed...

Releasing the official X-IFU logos

The official X-IFU logos are available from the X-IFU web site, under RESOURCES.

Latest X-IFU response matrices

The latest X-IFU response matrices produced by Didier Barret/Edoardo Cucchetti (IRAP) and verified by the Bamberg group led by Joern Wilms, with the support of the system team, including Philippe Peille. These files have been produced for the so-called Athena cost-constrained configuration, with a diameter corresponding to a peak effective area at 1 keV of ~1.4 square meters. The response files cover 50 eV to 12.5 keV but the usual range for the fits should be 0.2-12 keV. Please check the FITs headers to see the assumptions used. Check also the README file, and look at the PDF files. Further information can be found in the SPIE papers: Barret et al. (SPIE, 2018). The arf and rmf files car be downloaded from this URL. Please contact directly Didier Barret for any enquiries.

Latest X-IFU background files

The preliminary X-IFU background files were produced by the IAPS/INAF group led by Simone Lotti. The files are currently being updated to reflect on the new X-IFU response matrices for the so-called cost-constrained mission configuration.  You may want to use these files to estimate the impact of the reduction of X-IFU effective area on your science. The documentation is available here and recipes to make new background files here, using the XSPEC model for the diffuse emission. The files are available for: an extraction radius of 5 arcsec (for point sources) an extraction radius of 1 arc minute (for extended sources) Please contact directly Simone Lotti for any further information.

The official X-IFU logos in various colors (released 11/01/16)


The Athena mission proposal


The X-IFU functional block diagram (v1.21)


The X-IFU work breakdown structure (v2.0.9)