AHEAD High Resolution X-ray Astronomy School

Alicante, Spain, 14-17 November 2017


High resolution spectroscopy is a fundamental tool in X-ray Astrophysics. It provides unique plasma diagnostics in a variety of Astrophysical contexts from clusters of galaxies to solar system bodies. Current grating based spectrometers (XMM-RGS, Chandra HETG) provide the highest spectral resolution achievable nowadays. The calorimeters (XARM, Athena) will increase the resolution to unprecedented levels opening a new era of X-ray astrophysics that will expand our knowledge of the high energy Universe.

AHEAD aims at providing young astronomers the specific theoretical and practical skills to successfully exploit the current and future generation of X-ray instruments. To this end, world class experts in several fields will deliver lectures and conduct hands on sessions, including analysis of real calorimeter data. The students will have the opportunity to interact with renowned scientists in a highly motivating environment.


Students and postdocs. Although the course will be self contained, previous background in X-ray astronomy (not necessarily high spectral resolution) is highly recommended. The School is limited to 40 students.

System requirement and network connection

For the hands on sessions, the students are required to bring their own laptops, preferably with the required software (SPEX, XSPEC) previously installed.

Network connection will be provided via eduroam. Please install the required certificates in your computers. If you are not able to install eduroam let us know well in advance.

Hands on sessions materials

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday




Registration (free of charge, covered by AHEAD) is  now closed.


Galaxy clusters


Atomic data



Current and future X-ray high resolution spectrometers

High Mass X-ray Binaries


Jelle Kaastra

Jelle de Plaa

Norbert Werner

Liyi Gu

Yael Nazé

Graziella Braduardi-Raymont

Didier Barret

Victoria Grinberg


University of Alicante Campus, San Vicente del Raspeig, Building "Germán Bernácer".


A number of rooms have been blocked at the Villa Universitaria at special rates.  Villa Universitaria is conveniently located at walking distance from the School venue.