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See detailThe Hot and Energetic Universe: The X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) for Athena+
Barret, D.; den Herder, J. W.; Piro, L. et al

Report (2013)

The Athena+ mission concept is designed to implement the Hot and Energetic Universe science theme submitted to the European Space Agency in response to the call for White Papers for the definition of the ... [more ▼]

The Athena+ mission concept is designed to implement the Hot and Energetic Universe science theme submitted to the European Space Agency in response to the call for White Papers for the definition of the L2 and L3 missions of its science program. The Athena+ science payload consists of a large aperture high angular resolution X-ray optics and twelve meters away, two interchangeable focal plane instruments: the X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) and the Wide Field Imager (WFI). The X-IFU is a cryogenic X-ray spectrometer, based on a large array of Transition Edge Sensors (TES), offering 2.5 eV spectral resolution, with ~5" pixels, over a field of view of 5 arc minutes in diameter. In this paper, we briefly describe the Athena+ mission concept and the X-IFU performance requirements. We then present the X-IFU detector and readout electronics principles, the current design of the focal plane assembly, the cooling chain and review the global architecture design. Finally, we describe the current performance estimates, in terms of effective area, particle background rejection, count rate capability and velocity measurements. Finally, we emphasize on the latest technology developments concerning TES array fabrication, spectral resolution and readout performance achieved to show that significant progresses are being accomplished towards the demanding X-IFU requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailThe x-ray microcalorimeter spectrometer onboard Athena
den Herder, J. W.; Bagnali, D.; Bandler, S. et al

in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series (2012, September 01)

One of the instruments on the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics (Athena) which was one of the three missions under study as one of the L-class missions of ESA, is the X-ray Microcalorimeter ... [more ▼]

One of the instruments on the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics (Athena) which was one of the three missions under study as one of the L-class missions of ESA, is the X-ray Microcalorimeter Spectrometer (XMS). This instrument, which will provide high-spectral resolution images, is based on X-ray micro-calorimeters with Transition Edge Sensor (TES) and absorbers that consist of metal and semi-metal layers and a multiplexed SQUID readout. The array (32 x 32 pixels) provides an energy resolution of < 3 eV. Due to the large collection area of the Athena optics, the XMS instrument must be capable of processing high counting rates, while maintaining the spectral resolution and a low deadtime. In addition, an anti-coincidence detector is required to suppress the particle-induced background. Compared to the requirements for the same instrument on IXO, the performance requirements have been relaxed to fit into the much more restricted boundary conditions of Athena. In this paper we illustrate some of the science achievable with the instrument. We describe the results of design studies for the focal plane assembly and the cooling systems. Also, the system and its required spacecraft resources will be given. [less ▲]

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See detailHypofractionation in retinoblastoma: an increased risk of retinopathy.
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Mirimanoff, R-O; Schmid, C et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1993), 28

Forty-four eyes in 38 children were treated between 1963 and 1991 by external radiotherapy for retinoblastoma. Treatment modalities varied widely during this period; in addition to radiotherapy there was ... [more ▼]

Forty-four eyes in 38 children were treated between 1963 and 1991 by external radiotherapy for retinoblastoma. Treatment modalities varied widely during this period; in addition to radiotherapy there was chemotherapy (16/44), photocoagulation (14/44), and laser therapy or cryotherapy (14/44). Treatment technique and dose fractionation also varied widely; lateral beam technique (39/44) versus anterior or anterior/lateral beam; doses per fraction ranged from 1 to 4.5 Gy, total doses from 30 to 61.5 Gy, and overall times from 22 to 49 days. Patients were followed at 3-month intervals, and actuarial survival at 10 years was 88%, with 62% local control. Ten eyes showed clinical evidence of retinopathy. A multivariate analysis of factors associated with increased risk of retinopathy was carried out using the Cox proportional hazards model and the mixture model of Farewell. The estimated latent time was 17 months (95% confidence interval, 14-20 months). The only factors found to be significantly associated with retinopathy were total dose multiplied by dose per fraction, or total dose normalized to the equivalent total dose in 2-Gy fractions as estimated from the LQ model, and these gave equivalent descriptions. There were trends (not significant) for increased risk of retinopathy when treatments included chemotherapy or photocoagulation, and for decreased risk (also not significant) when cryotherapy was used in conjunction with radiotherapy. No significance could be attached to any of the following: number of sites per eye, Reese-Ellsworth stage, and family history. We conclude that hypofractionation carries a significant risk for retinopathy in the treatment of retinoblastoma. [less ▲]

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