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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The X-IFU Consortium represented at CAP Conference

We were represented at the Communicating Astronomy with the Public Conference, held in Toulouse, Cité de l’espace on 24—28 June 2024 and online. It is the only large-scale and international conference for astronomy communication.

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The X-IFU Consortium represented at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation

It is a technical event for ground-based, airborne, and space-based telescopes, and their supporting instrumentation. 

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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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