An observatory to detect cosmic X-ray radiation
XMM-Newton is a satellite with an exquisite spectroscopic sensitivity associated with a good angular resolution and a large field of view. The observations with XMM-Newton allow to make progresses in the field of astrophysics such as the galaxy clusters, the supernova remnants etc.
Three French laboratories, coordinated by the French space agency (CNES), including DAPNIA, have contributed to the realisation of the XMM-Newton instruments and to their calibration. Dapnia has contributed to the EPIC camera, the main instrument of XMM-Newton and is also actively involved in the science data center to monitor the quality of the data from the instrument. Astrophysicists from the astrophysics division of Dapnia keep on exploiting the observatory by successfully applying for observing time to study, among others, particle acceleration in supernova cluster, galaxy clusters by themselves and as a tool to study the structuration of the Universe.
The XMM-Newton mission is now expected to be in operation until at least 2012.
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