Unveiling the secrets of the hot and energetic Universe

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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 #22 has been released!

Welcome to the 22nd issue of the X-IFU Gazette! In this issue, the X-IFU Project Manager, Vincent Albouys, gives us […]

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Investigating the building blocks of the Universe in X-rays

Image credit: © ESO The astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “We are made of stardust”. This is, to a large […]

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Detecting X-rays at IRAP

The test platform developed by IRAP and CNES in Toulouse is a key element of the demonstration of the detection […]

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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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