The performance of the ATHENA X-ray Integral Field Unit

Marco Barbera, Brian Jackson, Simone Lotti, Thomas Dauser, Thien Lam-Trong, Philippe Peille, Stephen J. Smith, Christian Kirsch, Edoardo Cucchetti, Marco Barbera, Marco Barbera, Joern Wilms, Claudio Macculi, Jan-Willem Den Herder, Roland Den Hartog, Simon R. Bandler, François Pajot, Luigi Piro, Didier Barret, Joern WilmsMarco Barbera, Hervé Geoffray, Jean-Michel Mesnager

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The X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) is a next generation microcalorimeter planned for launch onboard the Athena observatory. Operating a matrix of 3840 superconducting Transition Edge Sensors at 90 mK, it will provide unprecedented spectro-imaging capabilities (2.5 eV resolution, for a field of view of 5') in the soft X-ray band (0.2 up to 12 keV), enabling breakthrough science. The definition of the instrument evolved along the phase A study and we present here an overview of its predicted performances and their modeling, illustrating how the design of the X-IFU meets its top-level scientific requirements. This article notably covers the energy resolution, count-rate capability, quantum efficiency and non X-ray background levels, highlighting their main drivers.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine11
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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