Virtual Consortium Meeting #17 took place from November 20th to 22nd

Home > Consortium > Posts > Virtual Consortium Meeting #17 took place from November 20th to 22nd


From November 20 to 22, men and women gathered online for the 17th Consortium Meeting of the X-IFU consortium. The members of the X-IFU Consortium shared three days of rich scientific and technical exchanges. We shared the results of the Consortium’s work, in the context of relaunching the project after the reformulation phase of the Athena mission. For this session, 34 speakers presented the progress of their work to an audience of 178 participants. 

Discussions focused on the changes linked to this reformulation phase on the X-IFU instrument. The speakers were able to explain the changes from a global point of view in terms of architecture and performance. The X-IFU Principal Investigator, Didier Barret and the X-IFU Project Manager, Vincent Albouys, agreed that today, we do have a powerful X-IFU to fly on-board the flagship Athena mission, promised to deliver breakthrough science.

The Consortium is ready to get started with the industrial activities. In addition, member states are unanimously supporting Athena. A clear engineering plan exists with priorities on the Dewar design, 4K cooler I/F, critical I/F with the payload module. Overall all subsystems are making great progresses in terms of design and maturity.

As with previous editions, a presentation provided an opportunity to reflect on the Consortium’s carbon footprint. This time, Alexandre Santerne focused on air travel and its impact on the environment and he showed that setting quotas is the most powerful way to reduce the greenhouse gas emission from travels. He is a french astronomer, working at the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille as part of the Aix-Marseille University. His presentation was part of the scientific publication “Flight Quotas Hold the Most Significant Potentialfor Reducing Carbon Emissions from AcademicTravel“.

Thanks again to our many speakers, chairs and participants for this 17th edition of the Consortium Meeting!

Related articles

A new Cryogenic Workshop and NASA’s 4-K Cooler contribution

A new cryogenic workshop, the first gathering of all the main parties in the newly reformulated X-IFU cooling chain, took place January 31st through February 2nd in Toulouse, at CNES.

Read more

People of X-IFU – Interview with Sophie BEAUMONT

Sophie Beaumont is a detection chain engineer in the optoelectronics department at CNES. In this interview, she explains her motivations and different roles and tasks within the project.

Read more

Congratulations to Florent Castellani who defended his thesis

Congratulations to Florent CASTELLANI who defended his thesis entitled “Study of the scientific and instrumental performances of Athena’s X-Ray Integral Field Unit”, on Friday November 17, 2023 at IRAP. 

Read more

Tribute to our colleague Graziella Branduardi-Raymont

Our colleague Graziella Branduardi-Raymont – Member of the Athena/X-IFU Science Advisory Team – passed away unexpectedly last week.

Read more

Consortium meeting #16

The X-IFU Consortium meeting #16 will take place in Toulouse on June 19th-23rd in hybrid format. It will provide the […]

Read more

Stay in the loop!

Get the Athena X-IFU newsletter