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Athena+: the first deep universe X-ray observatory

AuthorsBarret, Didier; Nandra, K.; Barcons, Xavier CSIC ORCID ; Fabian, A. C.; Herder, J. W. den; Piro, Luigi; Watson, M. G.; Aird, James; Branduardi-Raymont, G.; Cappi, Massimo; Carrera, Francisco J. CSIC ORCID CVN ; Comastri, A.; Costantini, E.; Croston, J.; Decourchelle, A.; Done, C.; Dovciak, M.; Ettori, S.; Finoguenov, A.; Georgakakis, A.; Jonker, P.; Kaastra, Jelle; Matt, Giorgio; Motch, C.; O'Brien, P.; Pareschi, G.; Pointecouteau, E.; Pratt, G. W.; Rauw, G.; Reiprich, T.; Sanders, J.; Sciortino, Salvatore; Willingale, Richard; Wilms, Jörn
Issue Date2013
CitationAnnual Meeting of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013)
AbstractThe Advanced Telescope for High-energy Astrophysics (Athena+) is being proposed to ESA as the L2 mission (for a launch in 2028) and is specifically designed to answer two of the most pressing questions for astrophysics in the forthcoming decade: How did ordinary matter assemble into the large scale structures we see today? and how do black holes grow and shape the Universe? For addressing these two issues, Athena+ will provide transformational capabilities in terms of angular resolution, effective area, spectral resolution, grasp, that will make it the most powerful X-ray observatory ever flown. Such an observatory, when opened to the astronomical community, will be used for virtually all classes of astrophysical objects, from high-z gamma-ray bursts to the closest planets in our solar neighborhood. In this paper, we briefly review the core science objectives of Athena+, present the science requirements and the foreseen implementation of the mission, and illustrate its transformational capabilities compared to existing facilities.
DescriptionTrabajo presentado al Annual Meeting of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics (SF2A), celebrado en Montpellier del 4 al 7 de junio de 2013.
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