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
ESA/D. Ducros
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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.


10:00-10:30  Registration & Coffee

Morning Session (10.30 – 13.05)

10.30-10.45               Martin Ward Welcome and Introduction           

10.45-11.05               Norbert Schartel

                 20th Launch Anniversary of XMM-Newton: Scientific Achievements

                 and Future Perspectives    

11.05-11.25               Kirpal Nandra

                                    Overview of the Athena mission   

11.25-11.45               Graziella Branduardi-Raymont

                                    Insights into the solar system from X-ray studies: past, present and future   

11.45-12.05               Tim Roberts 

                                    Ultraluminous X-ray Sources        

12.05-12.25               Andy Fabian

                                    Reverberation mapping of AGN     

12.25-12.45               Chris Done

                                    AGN winds and feedback  

12.45-13.05               James Aird

                                    AGN environment and evolution from X-ray surveys      


13.05-14.00               LUNCH


Afternoon Session (14.00-15.30)

14.00-14.20               Paul O’Brien

                                    Explosive Transients          

14.20-14.40               Gabriel Pratt

                                    Astrophysics of clusters of galaxies         

14.40-15.00               Mat Page

                                    Big data: the heritage of XMM and potential of Athena             


15.00-15.15               Closing remarks     Mike Watson


15.30 - 16.00             Tea will be available in the Lower Library of the Geological Society for those attending the Open (Monthly A&G) Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society


Hashtag: #XMMBirthday


16.00                       Open (Monthly A&G) Meeting


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Venue Address

The Geological Society,Burlington House,LONDON


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