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03-05-2016 - Consortium meeting #4

The fourth consortium meeting will take place at Utrecht from May 23rd to May 25th, 2016. About 110 participants already registered.

14-01-2016 - 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 readout of the TES-based microcalorimeter imaging array for the X-IFU instrument on the Athena x-ray observatory - Dr. Jan van der Kuur
  • Development of frequency domain multiplexing for the X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) on the Athena - Dr. Hiroki Akamatsu
  • Surface Investigation and aluminum oxide estimation on test filters for the ATHENA X-IFU and WFI detectors - Dr. Luisa Sciortino

11-01-2016 - Releasing the official X-IFU logos

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

26-10-2015 - Third X-IFU Consortium meeting

On 26th and 27th of October, 2015 IRAP hosted the 3rd X-IFU consortium meeting. This meeting was focussed on describing the project organisation with the new CNES team, the development philosophy, and the activities towards the definition of the instrument specifications. It was also the opportunity for the consortium partners across Europe, US and Japan to present a status of their activities. The meeting was attended by more than 100 engineers and scientists.

Get the agenda here and the group picture.

14-09-2015 - X-IFU presentation at the first Athena Conference

Presentation given on behalf of the X-IFU consortium can be found here.

30-03-2015 - Response and background files uploaded

Resources for the Athena Working Groups for the Athena Science Impact Exercise have been uploaded. See Resources

25-02-2015 - X-IFU Consortium Board Meeting

The X-IFU Consortium Board Meeting will take place at IRAP on Feb. 25th. It will include the full board with Japanese and US representatives. This is the Agenda.

07-10-2014 - 2nd X-IFU consortium meeting announcement

Thanks to Luigi Piro and his colleagues, the web site for registration to the second X-IFU Consortium meeting is now open:


Looking forward to seing you in Roma.

16-07-2014 - ESA appointed Science Study Team

ESA appointed today the Athena Science Study Team: Kirpal Nandra (Lead scientist), Xavier Barcons, Didier Barret, Anne Decourchelle, Andy Fabian, Jan-Willem den Herder, Hironori Matsumoto, Luigi Piro, Randall Smith, Dick Willingale. More here

27-06-2014 - Athena formally selected by ESA

ESA has selected the Athena advanced telescope for high-energy astrophysics as its second ‘Large-class’ science mission. See the ESA press release