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X-IFU technical challenge
Author(s): Thien Lam Trong
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Paper Abstract

The X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) on board the Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics (Athena), will provide high spectral resolution (2.5 eV up to 7 keV) over a 5 arc minute (equivalent diameter) field of view. The X-IFU is currently in the middle of its Phase A study phase. In this paper, we review the technical challenges (system level issues, TES array, readout, cooling, …) as identified during the first year of the study. This instrument is developed by a large international consortium under a French leadership. The Netherlands and Italy, as Co-PIs, with ESA member state from Belgium, Finland, Germany, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, are the European contributors, with additional contributions from the United States and Japan.

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Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99052G (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233634
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Thien Lam Trong, Ctr. National d'Etudes Spatiales, Ctr. Spatial de Toulouse (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9905:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Tadayuki Takahashi; Marshall Bautz, Editor(s)

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