The science objectives of Athena are to:
- explore the extreme physical conditions around supermassive
black holes, and determine
the contribution of accretion power to the energy budget of the universe.
- map the large scale structure
of the universe, and reveal the physical state and cosmic
evolution of the hot gas which forms the major baryonic component of the cosmos.
- determine the importance of and establish the physical mechanism behind
the process which connects black holes and cosmic structures over 10 orders of magnitude
in physical size.
Simulated 1Ms and 300ks Athena/WFI images of the Chandra Deep Field South.
The Chandra 2Ms image is shown
for comparison in the right panel.
The RGB colors correspond to 0.5-2, 2-4 and 4-10 keV.
Athena is also a powerful, general-purpose observatory,
able to address a wide range of current astrophysical topics.
© High-Energy-Group at MPE
last update: 24-Apr-2011, by Thomas Boller and Joachim Paul