The Athena X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU)

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Pajot F, Barret D, Lam-Trong T, Den Herder JW, Piro L, Cappi M, Huovelin J, Kelley R, Mas-Hesse JM, Mitsuda K, Paltani S, Rauw G, Rozanska A, Wilms J, Barbera M, Douchin F, Geoffray H, Den Hartog R, Kilbourne C, Le Du M, Macculi C, Mesnager JM, Peille P
Journal: Journal of Low Temperature Physics
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 193
Journal issue: 5-6
Pages range: 901-907
ISSN: 0022-2291


The X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) of the Advanced Telescope for High-ENergy Astrophysics (Athena) large-scale mission of ESA will provide spatially resolved high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy from 0.2 to 12 keV, with 5 '' pixels over a field of view of 5 arc minute equivalent diameter and a spectral resolution of 2.5 eV (FWHM) up to 7 keV. The core scientific objectives of Athena drive the main performance parameters of the X-IFU. We present the current reference configuration of the X-IFU, and the key issues driving the design of the instrument.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Wilms, Jörn Prof. Dr.
Professur für Astronomie und Astrophysik

External institutions with authors

Helsingin yliopisto / University of Helsinki
Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics / Palermo Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (IASF)
Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Centre for Space Studies / Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES)
National Institute for Astrophysics / Istituto Nazionale Astrofisica (INAF)
Netherlands Institute for Space Research / Stichting Ruimteonderzoek Nederland (SRON)
Polska Akademia Nauk (PAN) / Polish Academy of Sciences
Spanish National Research Council / Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier
University of Geneva / Université de Genève (UNIGE)
University of Liège (ULg) / Université de Liège

How to cite

Pajot, F., Barret, D., Lam-Trong, T., Den Herder, J.-W., Piro, L., Cappi, M.,... Peille, P. (2018). The Athena X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU). Journal of Low Temperature Physics, 193(5-6), 901-907.

Pajot, F., et al. "The Athena X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU)." Journal of Low Temperature Physics 193.5-6 (2018): 901-907.


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