Resources for users and X-IFU consortium members

In this page, you will find X-IFU resources for simulations, presentations, etc. In this page, you will find X-IFU resources for simulations, presentations, etc. Please contact Didier Barret for further enquiries. ESA provided resources are available at this URL.

Enter/Update your affiliation in the X-IFU consortium database

(Restricted to consortium members) Please enter/update your affiliation (and role) by filling in this form. Thanks !

Upload your X-IFU publication here

(Restricted to consortium members) Please upload your publication by filling this form. Thank you !

Once uploaded if you agreed to make it public, check that it appears on the listing available from here.

Team calendar

In order to keep you posted on what is going on in the X-IFU Consortium, check this TeamUp link here and bookmark it.

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 X-IFU background files are produced by the IAPS/INAF group led by Simone Lotti. The files  reflect on the new X-IFU response matrices for the so-called cost-constrained mission configuration. 

The files are available for point and extended sources:

  • an extraction surface of 78,5 arcsec^2 (for point sources corresponding to an extraction radius of 5arcsec)
  • an extraction surface of 1 arcmin^2 (for extended sources)

Please contact directly Simone Lotti for any further information.

The X-IFU functional block diagram

X IFU Functional block diagram

X IFU Functional block diagram


The X-IFU work breakdown structure


X-IFU organization with experts, engineering teams and cnes project team

X-IFU organization with experts with engineering teams and cnes project team