AYA2012-39767-C02-01: AThena (Advanced telescope for High Energy Astrophysics): Definition Phase. Development of TES-based sensor arrays.

​This rolling grant presents a comprehensive plan for the Spanish participation in the Definition phase of Athena+ payload, specifically the X-IFU (X-­‐ray Integral Field Unit) instrument. X-IFU is a cryogenic calorimeter array based on Transition Edge Sensors, which will deliver spatially resolved high resolution  spectroscopy, opening new capacities in the study of the extreme Universe. The proposed contribution to the Definition Phase of X-IFU by Spain (in collaboration with SRON-NL  IP institute) will be developed in two work packages: the Event Processor Performance Verification and Software and the  Development of the front end (TES-­‐based)  sensor array with SRON.

This research proyect comprises the participation of the following Spanish institutes:

  • IFCA (Instituto de Física de Cantabria CSIC-UC)
  • ICMA (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón CSIC-UZ)
  • ICMAB (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona, CSIC)
  • IMM (Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid, CSIC)


  • Joint Centre with the combined effort of Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and University of Cantabria (UC)

    Instituto de Física de Cantabria
    Edificio Juan Jordá
    Avenida de los Castros, s/n
    E-39005 Santander
    Cantabria, Spain

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