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Title: Athena: the X-ray observatory to study the hot and energetic Universe
Authors: Barcons, X.
Nandra, K.
Barret, D.
den Herder, J-W.
Fabian, A. C.
Piro, L.
Watson, Michael Geoffrey
First Published: 2015
Presented at: 10th International LISA Symposium, Univ Florida, Gainesville, FL
Start Date: 18-May-2014
End Date: 23-May-2014
Citation: Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2015, 610(1), 012008
Abstract: Hot gas pervades the Universe: about half of the baryonic content in the Universe is expected to be at T > 105 K, and there are as many baryons at T > 107 trapped in galaxy clusters as there are locked into stars. There is an intimate relation between this hot gas, which delineates the large-scale structure of the Universe, and the most energetic phenomena occurring in the immediate vicinity of super-massive black holes, through a poorly known process called Cosmic Feedback. Studying the hot and energetic universe requires X-ray observatories in space, whose capabilities greatly exceed those of the current workhorse observatories: NASA's Chandra and ESA's XMM- Newton. Athena has been selected by ESA as the L2 mission (due for launch in 2028), to address the "Hot and Energetic Universe" science theme. It will be a large X-ray observatory capable of addressing the above topics, and many other fundamental questions in contemporary astrophysics. Here we present the Athena science objectives, the mission concept and its payload, including the X-ray telescope and its two baseline instruments: a Wide Field Imager (WFI) and an X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU).
DOI Link: 10.1088/1742-6596/610/1/012008
ISSN: 1742-6588
eISSN: 1742-6596
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © 2015, the authors. Licensee: IOP Publishing. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence ( ). Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.
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