Athena will be the future ESA’s next generation X-ray observatory to be launched in 2030. It will try to explain the phenomena related to two major keys of the Cosmos, i.e., the hot and the energetic Universe. It will also provide a unique contribution to astrophysics in the 2030s by exploring high energy phenomena in all astrophysical environments, including those yet to be discovered.
The XRAGUA are part of the Spanish consortium contributing to this mission, 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).