The X-ray Astronomy Group is a research team at the University of Alicante. It belongs to the Department of Physics, Systems Engineering, and Signal Theory and the University Institute of Physics Applied to Sciences and Technologies. The group comprises 3 staff, 1 postdoc and 1 PhD student. A list of group members and contact details can be viewed here.
The group originated in the early 1990s and were among the pioneers in space Astronomy research in Spain. Our research activities have diversified across the whole electromagnetic spectrum into X-rays, UV, visible and infra-red Astronomy using both space and ground-based observatories.
We are part of the Spanish consortium contributing to ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics), the large X-ray observatory of the next decade. We are currently focused on the scientific exploitation of X-IFU, the high resolution spectroscope on board ATHENA. Our current astrophysics research is focused mainly on the study of X-ray binaries (see Research Lines for more details).