X-ray Astrophysics from XMM-Newton to Athena: The heritage of XMM and opportunities of Athena

X-ray Astrophysics from XMM-Newton to Athena: The heritage of XMM and opportunities of Athena
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Organisers: Martin Ward (Durham); Mike Watson (Leicester)

December 10th 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of ESA’s XMM-Newton mission from Kourou, French Guiana. Now in its 20 year’s of operation XMM-Newton has made major contributions in all areas of high-energy astrophysics ranging from solar system studies to the most distant Universe.  In terms of its scientific output XMM-Newton is ESA’s most productive mission.  It has a high proportion of UK users, and it includes two UK P.I. instruments (the EPIC and the OM).  Therefore this meeting will be a celebration of UK space science, but also including contributions from the broader X-ray community. 

Looking forward, ESA’s Athena mission, due for launch in the early 2030s, will build on XMM-Newton’s rich heritage bringing its unparalleled capabilities to herald a new era of the study of the hot and energetic Universe.

This one-day meeting will celebrate the past and ongoing impact of XMM-Newton’s scientific discoveries and link these to the prospects of new breakthroughs expected from Athena.

20th Launch Anniversary of XMM-Newton: Scientific Achievements and Future Perspectives - Norbert Schartel (ESAC)

Overview of the Athena mission -Kirpal Nandra (MPE)

Insights into the solar system from X-ray studies: past, present and future - Graziella Branduardi-Raymont (MSSL)

Ultraluminous X-ray Sources - Tim Roberts  (Durham)

Reverberation mapping of AGN - Andy Fabian (Cambridge)

AGN winds and feedback - Chris Done (Durham)

AGN environment and evolution from X-ray surveys - James Aird (Leicester) 

Explosive Transients - Paul O’Brien (Leicester)

Astrophysics of clusters of galaxies - Gabriel Pratt (Saclay)

Big data: the heritage of XMM and  potential of Athena - Mat Page (MSSL)


Admission to Specialist Discussion Meetings is free for RAS Fellows, £15 for non-fellows (£5 for students), cash or cheque only, collected at the registration desk.  Admission to the subsequent Open (Monthly A&G) Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society is open to all, at no charge.


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The Royal Astronomical Society,Burlington House


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