I am Director of Research (DR1) at the French Research Council (CNRS) where I was hired in January 1997, employed at the Institute of Research in Astrophysics and Planetology of Toulouse.

On the scientific side, my research is centered on the analysis and the interpretation of X-ray data collected by space observatories from X-ray binaries. I am also developing instruments for space exploration in the high-energy domain.

My main activity is now the building of the X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) for which I am acting as the Principal Investigator (PI). The X-IFU will fly on board the Athena X-ray Observatory, a cornerstone mission of the European Space Agency. Athena is planed to be launched at the end of the next decade.


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Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP)

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BP 44346, 31028

Toulouse Cedex 4, France

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