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See detailThe path to interferometry in space
Rinehart, S. A.; Savini, G.; Holland, W. et al

in Malbet, F.; Creech-Eakman, M.; Tuthill, P. (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V (2016, August 04)

For over two decades, astronomers have considered the possibilities for interferometry in space. The first of these missions was the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM), but that was followed by missions ... [more ▼]

For over two decades, astronomers have considered the possibilities for interferometry in space. The first of these missions was the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM), but that was followed by missions for studying exoplanets (e.g Terrestrial Planet Finder, Darwin), and then far-infrared interferometers (e.g. the Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope, the Far-Infrared Interferometer). Unfortunately, following the cancellation of SIM, the future for space-based interferometry has been in doubt, and the interferometric community needs to reevaluate the path forward. While interferometers have strong potential for scientific discovery, there are technological developments still needed, and continued maturation of techniques is important for advocacy to the broader astronomical community. We review the status of several concepts for space-based interferometry, and look for possible synergies between missions oriented towards different science goals. [less ▲]

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See detailMaking high-accuracy null depth measurements for the LBTI exozodi survey
Mennesson, Bertrand; Defrere, Denis ULg; Nowak, Matthias et al

in Malbet, F.; Creech-Eakman, M.; Tuthill, P. (Eds.) Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V (2016, August 04)

The characterization of exozodiacal light emission is both important for the understanding of planetary systems evolution and for the preparation of future space missions aiming to characterize low mass ... [more ▼]

The characterization of exozodiacal light emission is both important for the understanding of planetary systems evolution and for the preparation of future space missions aiming to characterize low mass planets in the habitable zone of nearby main sequence stars. The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) exozodi survey aims at providing a ten-fold improvement over current state of the art, measuring dust emission levels down to a typical accuracy of 12 zodis per star, for a representative ensemble of 30+ high priority targets. Such measurements promise to yield a final accuracy of about 2 zodis on the median exozodi level of the targets sample. Reaching a 1 σ measurement uncertainty of 12 zodis per star corresponds to measuring interferometric cancellation ("null") levels, i.e visibilities at the few 100 ppm uncertainty level. We discuss here the challenges posed by making such high accuracy mid-infrared visibility measurements from the ground and present the methodology we developed for achieving current best levels of 500 ppm or so. We also discuss current limitations and plans for enhanced exozodi observations over the next few years at LBTI. [less ▲]

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See detailLes rouleaux composites répertoriés dans le Catalogue des papyrus littéraires grecs et latins du CEDOPAL
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

Conference (2016, August 04)

Les rouleaux littéraires composites préfigurent-ils les codices miscellanei tels que définis par Edoardo Crisci (Segno e Testo, 2, 2004, pp. 109-144) ? Après avoir examiné les quelques exemplaires ... [more ▼]

Les rouleaux littéraires composites préfigurent-ils les codices miscellanei tels que définis par Edoardo Crisci (Segno e Testo, 2, 2004, pp. 109-144) ? Après avoir examiné les quelques exemplaires répertoriés dans le Catalogue des papyrus littéraires grecs et latins du CEDOPAL (http://cipl93.philo.ulg.ac.be/Cedopal/MP3/dbsearch.aspx), leur nature, leur présentation et l'organisation de leur contenu, on s'est interrogé sur leur contexte de production et d'utilisation en vue de répondre à cette question. [less ▲]

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See detailETUDE DE FAISABILITE DU PROJET D’ECLAIRAGE PUBLIC PAR DES LAMPADAIRES SOLAIRES DU CAMPUS 2 DE L’UNIVERSITE DE DOUALA
Koagne Nkuate, Michael; Guembou Shouop, Cébastien Joel ULg; Djaowe, Samuel

Conference (2016, August 04)

Dans le cadre de sa politique énergétique et de promotion des énergies renouvelables, le Gouvernement Camerounais, à travers le Ministère de l’Eau et de l’Energie (MINEE), a fait appel à l’expertise des ... [more ▼]

Dans le cadre de sa politique énergétique et de promotion des énergies renouvelables, le Gouvernement Camerounais, à travers le Ministère de l’Eau et de l’Energie (MINEE), a fait appel à l’expertise des sociétés « Chinoise et vietnamienne (HUAWEI), en vue de le soutenir dans le programme du développement de son potentiel énergétique. Pourtant, un certain nombre d’entreprises locales (SINTEC 3D, K&M ENGINEERING, TECHNO CAMER …) s’intéressent de plus en plus à la valorisation et à la vulgarisation des énergies renouvelables. Pour ce faire, nous avons pensé à la proposition du savoir-faire, de la disponibilité locale d’une main d’œuvre qualifiée en matière d’électrification par énergie solaire. Ceci a l’endroit des institutions, des bailleurs de fond, des ONG ainsi qu’aux autorités étatiques Camerounaises. Nous avons ainsi travaillé sur des thèmes tels que : Modèle d’électrification rurale pour localités de moins de 1000 habitants l’extrême nord Cameroun ; méthode simple de calcul et de choix des équipements solaires pour une application domestique ; ainsi que sur le thème étude de faisabilité du projet d’éclairage public par des lampadaires solaires au campus 2 de l’université de douala. C’est ainsi qu’une mission d’étude s’est rendue au sein du Campus en janvier 2016. Les détails de cette mission sont présentés dans les annexes ci-jointes. Plusieurs objectifs sont lies à cette etude: éclairer les espaces (au sein du Campus 2 de l’université de Douala) allant de l’amphi Stanislas Melonné jusqu'à la faculté des sciences passant par l’ENSET et par l’amphi George Gango par des lampadaires solaires. Le projet permettra d’accroitre la disponibilité et la sécurité de l’approvisionnement en énergie tout en valorisant et en vulgarisant les énergies renouvelables (devenu de plus en plus incontournables). Ce projet a également pour but de promouvoir les nouvelles technologies pour un développement durable du Cameroun (programme mondial des énergies propres) et de faire valoir les ressources naturelles et humaines disponibles (soleil en permanence, jeunes ingénieurs de l’ISS,…). [less ▲]

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See detailTechniques et Méthodes nucléaires : Application de la Spectrométrie Gamma au Cameroun
Moyo N., Maurice; Kayo, Steve; Ngelem M., Eric J. et al

Poster (2016, August 04)

L’imaginaire populaire est de plus en plus pessimiste au sujet du mot nucléaire, utilisées selon eux, uniquement pour détruire, en cas de guerre. Une idée reçue, mais presque imposée par l'attitude des ... [more ▼]

L’imaginaire populaire est de plus en plus pessimiste au sujet du mot nucléaire, utilisées selon eux, uniquement pour détruire, en cas de guerre. Une idée reçue, mais presque imposée par l'attitude des pays développés qui donnent l'impression de recourir au nucléaire, le plus souvent, à des fins militaires. Pourtant, les applications du nucléaire sont utiles dans des domaines aussi variés que l'agriculture, la médecine, la détection des fuites dans les barrages, la surveillance de la qualité de l'air, des eaux, des sols, des matériaux de construction, des denrées alimentaires etc. Au Cameroun, l'utilisation des rayonnements ionisants (énergie nucléaire) est en pleine croissance. Ce, spécifiquement dans les domaines médical et industriel. La radioprotection est de plus en plus l’objet des recherches et des mesures au Cameroun. Des techniques d’analyse nucléaires sont également utilisées pour déterminer les risques radiologiques lies aux rayonnements naturels provenant de l’environnement. Dans ce cadre, l’unité de recherche « Physique Fondamentale » de l’université de Douala en collaboration avec l’ANRP (Agence Nationale de RadioProtection) utilise la spectrométrie gamma pour quantifier et qualifier l’exposition des camerounais aux rayonnements. Deux mémoires de master ont à cette occasion révéler le niveau d’exposition due aux rayonnements provenant du sol de l’Université de Douala d’une part et d’autre part l’exposition due aux matériaux de construction dans la ville de Douala. Les études sur les matériaux de construction (ciment utilisé dans la ville de Douala) ont permis d’observer que l’activité spécifique dans les échantillons de ciment varie d’un radionucléide à l’autre. L’estimation des paramètres radiologiques comme (l’activité du radium équivalent Raeq, l’indice du risque externe (Hex) et interne (Hin), le taux de dose absorbée dans l’air et la dose effective annuelle (AEDE) ont montré que l’utilisation comme matériaux de construction du ciment analysé était sans risque particulier. [less ▲]

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See detailINVESTIGATION OF 238U, 235U, 137CS AND 133XE IN SOILS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DOUALA-CAMEROON
Ndontchueng Moyo, Maurice; Guembou Shouop, Cébastien Joel ULg; Ngelem Mekontso, Eric Jilbert et al

Conference (2016, August 04)

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See detailEstimating the economic impact of a possible equine and human epidemic of West Nile virus infection in Belgium
Humblet, Marie-France ULg; Vandeputte, Sébastien; Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg et al

in Eurosurveillance (2016), 21(31),

This study aimed at estimating, in a prospective scenario, the potential economic impact of a possible epidemic of WNV infection in Belgium, based on 2012 values for the equine and human health sectors ... [more ▼]

This study aimed at estimating, in a prospective scenario, the potential economic impact of a possible epidemic of WNV infection in Belgium, based on 2012 values for the equine and human health sectors, in order to increase preparedness and help decision-makers. Modelling of risk areas, based on the habitat suitable for Culex pipiens, the main vector of the virus, allowed us to determine equine and human populations at risk. Characteristics of the different clinical forms of the disease based on past epidemics in Europe allowed morbidity among horses and humans to be estimated. The main costs for the equine sector were vaccination and replacement value of dead or euthanised horses. The choice of the vaccination strategy would have important consequences in terms of cost. Vaccination of the country’s whole population of horses, based on a worst-case scenario, would cost more than EUR 30 million; for areas at risk, the cost would be around EUR 16–17 million. Regarding the impact on human health, short-term costs and socio-economic losses were estimated for patients who developed the neuroinvasive form of the disease, as no vaccine is available yet for humans. Hospital charges of around EUR 3,600 for a case of West Nile neuroinvasive disease and EUR 4,500 for a case of acute flaccid paralysis would be the major financial consequence of an epidemic of West Nile virus infection in humans in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailEnvironmental factors in autoimmune diseases and their role in multiple sclerosis
Jörg, Stefanie; Grohme, Diana; Erzler, Melanie et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (2016), 73(24), 4611-4622

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See detailReplacement of Glycoprotein B in Alcelaphine Herpesvirus 1 by Its Ovine Herpesvirus 2 Homolog : Implications in Vaccine Development for Sheep-Associated Malignant Catarrhal Fever.
Cunha, Cristina W.; Taus, Naomi S.; Dewals, Benjamin G ULg et al

in mSphere (2016), 1(4), 00108-16

Vaccine development is a top priority in malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) research. In the case of sheep-associated MCF (SA-MCF) caused by ovine herpesvirus 2 (OvHV-2), progress toward this objective has ... [more ▼]

Vaccine development is a top priority in malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) research. In the case of sheep-associated MCF (SA-MCF) caused by ovine herpesvirus 2 (OvHV-2), progress toward this objective has been hindered by the absence of methods to attenuate or modify the virus, since it cannot be propagated in vitro. As an alternative for vaccine development, in this study, we tested the hypothesis that one of the SA-MCF vaccine candidate targets, OvHV-2 glycoprotein B (gB), could be expressed by a nonpathogenic alcelaphine herpesvirus 1 (AlHV-1) and then evaluated the potential of the AlHV-1/OvHV-2 chimera to be used as a vaccine and a diagnostic tool. The construction and characterization of an AlHV-1/OvHV-2 chimeric virus that is nonpathogenic and expresses an OvHV-2 vaccine target are significant steps toward the development of an SA-MCF vaccine and also provide a valuable means to study OvHV-2 biology. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the sea-ice carbon pump: Insights from a three-dimensional ocean-sea-ice biogeochemical model (NEMO-LIM-PISCES)
Moreau, Sébastien; Vancoppenolle, Martin; Bopp, Laurent et al

in Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (2016), 4(1), 000122

The role of sea ice in the carbon cycle is minimally represented in current Earth System Models (ESMs). Among potentially important flaws, mentioned by several authors and generally overlooked during ESM ... [more ▼]

The role of sea ice in the carbon cycle is minimally represented in current Earth System Models (ESMs). Among potentially important flaws, mentioned by several authors and generally overlooked during ESM design, is the link between sea-ice growth and melt and oceanic dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and total alkalinity (TA). Here we investigate whether this link is indeed an important feature of the marine carbon cycle misrepresented in ESMs. We use an ocean general circulation model (NEMO-LIM-PISCES) with sea-ice and marine carbon cycle components, forced by atmospheric reanalyses, adding a first-order representation of DIC and TA storage and release in/from sea ice. Our results suggest that DIC rejection during sea-ice growth releases several hundred Tg C yr−1 to the surface ocean, of which < 2% is exported to depth, leading to a notable but weak redistribution of DIC towards deep polar basins. Active carbon processes (mainly CaCO3 precipitation but also ice-atmosphere CO2 fluxes and net community production) increasing the TA/DIC ratio in sea-ice modified ocean-atmosphere CO2 fluxes by a few Tg C yr−1 in the sea-ice zone, with specific hemispheric effects: DIC content of the Arctic basin decreased but DIC content of the Southern Ocean increased. For the global ocean, DIC content increased by 4 Tg C yr−1 or 2 Pg C after 500 years of model run. The simulated numbers are generally small compared to the present-day global ocean annual CO2 sink (2.6 ± 0.5 Pg C yr−1 ). However, sea-ice carbon processes seem important at regional scales as they act significantly on DIC redistribution within and outside polar basins. The efficiency of carbon export to depth depends on the representation of surface-subsurface exchanges and their relationship with sea ice, and could differ substantially if a higher resolution or different ocean model were used. [less ▲]

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See detailMemory consolidation in children with Specific Language Impairment: Delayed gains and susceptibility to interference in implicit sequence learning
Desmottes, Lise ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology (2016)

Introduction: In this study, the time course of the procedural learning of a visuomotor sequence skill was followed over a 24-hour and a 1-week time period in children with and without specific language ... [more ▼]

Introduction: In this study, the time course of the procedural learning of a visuomotor sequence skill was followed over a 24-hour and a 1-week time period in children with and without specific language impairment (SLI). Two aspects of memory consolidation in implicit sequence learning were examined: the evolution of post-training gains in sequence knowledge (Experiment 1) and the susceptibility to interference (Experiment 2). Method and Results: In the first experiment, 18 children with SLI and 17 control children matched for sex, age, and nonverbal intelligence completed a serial reaction-time (SRT) task and were tested 24 hours and 1 week after practicing. The two groups of children attained an equal level of sequence knowledge in the training session, but the children with SLI lacked the consolidation gains displayed by the control children in the two post-training sessions. Working with a new group of children, 17 with SLI and 17 control peers, Experiment 2 examined resistance to interference by introducing a second sequence 15 minutes after the first training session. Similar results were obtained for the performance of both groups in the training session. However, although the performance of the control group improved in the post-training sessions, the performance of the SLI group deteriorated significantly during the consolidation phase due to the interfering sequence. Conclusion: These findings suggest that the consolidation phase of sequence learning is impaired in children with SLI. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom practice-based game research to game design as a cultural technique
Werning, Stefan; Kamp, Michiel; De Smale, Stephanie et al

Conference (2016, August 02)

Panel : de Smale, Stephanie: Game Essays in the Digital Humanities : The paper addresses the use of prototyping for creating game essays, the applicability of game essays within a digital humanities ... [more ▼]

Panel : de Smale, Stephanie: Game Essays in the Digital Humanities : The paper addresses the use of prototyping for creating game essays, the applicability of game essays within a digital humanities framework and the challenges and opportunities of taking a research-centric rather than a player-centric perspective on game design. Kamp, Michiel: Parameters of Musical Interaction in Games : The paper proposes exploring game music by experimenting with the ways in which the soundtrack responds to game states and player interaction beyond adapting analytical techniques borrowed from film music studies, like masking or replacing parts of the soundtrack. Hurel, Pierre-Yves: Amateur Game Design as Reflexive Practice : The paper presents an ethnographic perspective on amateur game design with a particular focus on the use of distinct tools such as RPG Maker and their affordances for reflective practice. Werning, Stefan: From Analytical Play to Analytical Game Design : The paper outlines the transition from intrinsically analytical aspects in (meta-)ludic practices (speed-running, in-game photography, cosplaying, let’s playing etc.) to game design as a cultural technique, i.e. a mode of expression and civic engagement in a gamified society. [less ▲]

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See detailParentification and related processes: distinction and implications for clinical practice
Haxhe, Stéphanie ULg

in Journal of Family Psychotherapy (2016), 27(3), 185-199

With the emergence of what we call « new families », the place and the role of the child are increasingly questioned. If a child helps a parent or takes care of them, the terms “parentified child” ... [more ▼]

With the emergence of what we call « new families », the place and the role of the child are increasingly questioned. If a child helps a parent or takes care of them, the terms “parentified child”, “parental child” or “adult child” are used equally. However, these concepts hide different processes that have different impacts on the child’s development. In the present article, based on our doctoral research and clinical practice experience, we will try to make the distinction between these concepts and to illustrate them. We are convinced that by a better identification of each process, we can help therapists and social workers in their interventions with children and their families. [less ▲]

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See detailRealization of the Najafi-Golestanian microswimmer
Grosjean, Galien ULg; Hubert, Maxime ULg; Lagubeau, Guillaume et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2016), 94(2), 021101

A paradigmatic microswimmer is the three-linked-spheres model, which follows a minimalist approach for propulsion by shape shifting. As such, it has been the subject of numerous analytical and numerical ... [more ▼]

A paradigmatic microswimmer is the three-linked-spheres model, which follows a minimalist approach for propulsion by shape shifting. As such, it has been the subject of numerous analytical and numerical studies. In this Rapid Communication, an experimental three-linked-spheres swimmer is created by self-assembling ferromagnetic particles at an air-water interface. It is powered by a uniform oscillating magnetic field. A model, using two harmonic oscillators, reproduces the experimental findings. Because the model remains general, the same approach could be used to design a variety of efficient microswimmers. [less ▲]

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See detailLOTUS: a low-cost, ultraviolet spectrograph
Steele, I. A.; Marchant, J. M.; Jermak, H. E. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016), 460

We describe the design, construction and commissioning of a simple, low-cost long-slit spectrograph for the Liverpool Telescope. The design is optimized for near-UV and visible wavelengths and uses all ... [more ▼]

We describe the design, construction and commissioning of a simple, low-cost long-slit spectrograph for the Liverpool Telescope. The design is optimized for near-UV and visible wavelengths and uses all transmitting optics. It exploits the instrument focal plane field curvature to partially correct axial chromatic aberration. A stepped slit provides narrow (2.5 × 95 arcsec) and wide (5 × 25 arcsec) options that are optimized for spectral resolution and flux calibration, respectively. On sky testing shows a wavelength range of 3200-6300 Å with a peak system throughput (including detector quantum efficiency) of 15 per cent and wavelength dependent spectral resolution of R = 225-430. By repeated observations of the symbiotic emission line star AG Peg, we demonstrate the wavelength stability of the system is <2 Å rms and is limited by the positioning of the object in the slit. The spectrograph is now in routine operation monitoring the activity of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during its current post-perihelion apparition. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 19 Feb. 2016 Outburst of Comet 67P/CG: An ESA Rosetta Multi-Instrument Study
Grün, E.; Agarwal, J.; Altobelli, N. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016)

On 19 Feb. 2016 nine Rosetta instruments serendipitously observed an outburst of gas and dust from the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Among these instruments were cameras and spectrometers ... [more ▼]

On 19 Feb. 2016 nine Rosetta instruments serendipitously observed an outburst of gas and dust from the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Among these instruments were cameras and spectrometers ranging from UV over visible to microwave wavelengths, in-situ gas, dust and plasma instruments, and one dust collector. At 9:40 a dust cloud developed at the edge of an image in the shadowed region of the nucleus. Over the next two hours the instruments recorded a signature of the outburst that significantly exceeded the background. The enhancement ranged from 50% of the neutral gas density at Rosetta to factors >100 of the brightness of the coma near the nucleus. Dust related phenomena (dust counts or brightness due to illuminated dust) showed the strongest enhancements (factors >10). However, even the electron density at Rosetta increased by a factor 3 and consequently the spacecraft potential changed from ˜-16 V to -20 V during the outburst. A clear sequence of events was observed at the distance of Rosetta (34 km from the nucleus): within 15 minutes the Star Tracker camera detected fast particles (˜25 m s[SUP]-1[/SUP]) while 100 μm radius particles were detected by the GIADA dust instrument ˜1 hour later at a speed of ~6 m s[SUP]-1[/SUP]. The slowest were individual mm to cm sized grains observed by the OSIRIS cameras. Although the outburst originated just outside the FOV of the instruments, the source region and the magnitude of the outburst could be determined. [less ▲]

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See detail2D-photochemical model for forbidden oxygen line emission for comet 1P/Halley
Cessateur, G.; De Keyser, J.; Maggiolo, R. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016)

We present here a 2D-model of photochemistry for computing the production and loss mechanisms of the O([SUP]1[/SUP]S) and O([SUP]1[/SUP]D) states, which are responsible for the emission lines at 577.7 nm ... [more ▼]

We present here a 2D-model of photochemistry for computing the production and loss mechanisms of the O([SUP]1[/SUP]S) and O([SUP]1[/SUP]D) states, which are responsible for the emission lines at 577.7 nm, 630 nm, and 636.4 nm, in case of the comet 1P/Halley. The presence of O[SUB]2[/SUB] within cometary atmospheres, measured by the in-situ ROSETTA and GIOTTO missions, necessitates a revision of the usual photochemical models. Indeed, the photodissociation of molecular oxygen also leads to a significant production of oxygen in excited electronic states. In order to correctly model the solar UV flux absorption, we consider here a 2D configuration. While the green to red-doublet ratio is not affected by the solar UV flux absorption, estimates of the red-doublet and green lines emissions are, however, overestimated by a factor of two in the 1D model compared to the 2D model. Considering a spherical symmetry, emission maps can be deduced from the 2D model in order to be directly compared to ground and/or in-situ observations. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Athena X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU)
Barret, Didier; Trong, Thien Lam; den Herder, Jan-Willem et al

in Proc. SPIE. 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99052F. (August 17, 2016) (2016, August 01)

The X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) on board the Advanced Telescope for High-ENergy Astrophysics (Athena) will provide spatially resolved high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy from 0.2 to 12 keV, with 5 ... [more ▼]

The X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) on board the Advanced Telescope for High-ENergy Astrophysics (Athena) will provide spatially resolved high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy from 0.2 to 12 keV, with 5 arc second pixels over a field of view of 5 arc minute equivalent diameter and a spectral resolution of 2.5 eV up to 7 keV. In this paper, we first review the core scientific objectives of Athena, driving the main performance parameters of the X-IFU, namely the spectral resolution, the field of view, the effective area, the count rate capabilities, the instrumental background. We also illustrate the breakthrough potential of the X-IFU for some observatory science goals. Then we briefly describe the X-IFU design as defined at the time of the mission consolidation review concluded in May 2016, and report on its predicted performance. Finally, we discuss some options to improve the instrument performance while not increasing its complexity and resource demands (e.g. count rate capability, spectral resolution). The X-IFU will be provided by an international consortium led by France, The Netherlands and Italy, with further ESA member state contributions from Belgium, Finland, Germany, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and two international partners from the United States and Japan. [less ▲]

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