Symposium S16  1 - 2 July 2020

XMM-Newton: Current scientific highlights and future prospects

Aims and scope

The 20 years of XMM-Newton observations have dramatically changed and increased our understanding of all astronomical X-ray emitting sources, from the solar system objects in our neighbourhood to distant AGN or clusters of galaxies. We propose to host for the first time a symposium at the EAS to celebrate XMM-Newton's 20th anniversary by highlighting its current scientific achievements, with an emphasis on programs led by European investigators.

XMM-Newton was designed to study the most violent phenomena in the Universe with unprecedented sensitivity for X-ray imaging (FoV of 30' and angular resolution of ~6") in the 0.2-12 keV band, and high-resolution spectroscopy (resolving power from 150 to 800) in the 0.33-2.5 keV band. After twenty years of operations, more than 6,000 refereed scientific papers have been published based on scientific observations obtained via the yearly competitive call for proposals or public archival observations. At the mission extension review, a statement issued by ESA concluded that "XMM-Newton has established itself as one of the most prolific astronomical endeavours in ESA history. Based on data gathered through XMM-Newton observations, discoveries in almost every field of astronomy have been produced."


  • Solar System Objects and exoplanets
  • Stars, star formation, young, cool and hot stellar objects and diffuse Galactic Emission
  • Supernovae, Gravitational Wave Events and Gamma Ray Bursts
  • Compact objects and compact binaries
  • Galaxies, Active Galactic Nuclei, Clusters of Galaxies and Cosmology
  • Athena and other future X-ray missions

Invited speakers

  • Nathalie Degenaar (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Margherita Giustini (Centro de Astrobiología, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain)
  • Guido Risaliti & Elisabeta Lusso (University of Firenze, Italy)
  • Didier Barret (Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse, France)

Scientific organisers

Maria Diaz Trigo (ESO, Munich, Germany, co-chairperson), Norbert Schartel (ESA, Spain, chairperson), Natalie Webb (Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse, France, co-chairperson), Rudy Wijnands (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, co-chairperson)


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Updated on Fri Mar 06 10:16:00 CET 2020