STIX

Spectrometer Telescope for Imaging X-rays


STIX will fly to the Sun on board Solar Orbiter,
the European Space Agency’s next mission to the sun.

ROLE OF THE INSTITUTE FOR DATA SCIENCE


> Project lead

> Instrument design and construction

> Flight software, ground software

> Science

Principal investigator: Säm Krucker

Partners: international consortium, academy&industry
CH-partners: Kögl Space GmbH, Art of Technology, Almatech, Paul Scherrer Institut

Funding: ESA/Prodex, Swiss Space Office

Start: 2010
Status: Instrument delivered
Launch: 2020


Keywords: space sciences, solar physics, Solar Orbiter

 

SUMMARY

STIX is an X-ray telescope designed and built at FHNW. It is one of 10 instruments on board Solar Orbiter, the ESA spacecraft travelling closer to the sun than any spacecraft before. The mission collects information in multiple wavelengths for studying solar activity in unprecedented detail. This will bring us a big step closer to understanding the workings of our closest star. STIX will contribute to this goal by providing imaging spectroscopy of solar X-ray emission and information on accelerated electrons associated with solar flares. It will look at the very point where solar eruptions start.

PEOPLE @FHNW CURRENTLY WORKING ON STIX

Dr. Marina Battaglia (I4DS)

Solar Physicist

info & publications

Prof. Dr. Arnold Benz

Senior Advisor

Prof. Dr. André Csillaghy (I4DS)

Head Institute of Data Science

info & publications

Laszlo Istvan Etesi (I4DS)

Computer Science Engineer

more information

Simon Felix (I4DS)

Software engineer

more information

Dr. Oliver Grimm (I4DS)

Physicist

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Gröbelbauer (IPPE)

more information

Dr. Gordon Hurford (I4DS)

Computer Science Engineer

Dr. Lucia Kleint (I4DS)

Astrophysicist

Prof. Dr. Säm Krucker (I4DS)

Principal Investigator

info & publications

Dr. Matej Kuhar (I4DS)

Solar Physicist

Hanna Sathiapal (I4DS)

Public Engagement Coordinator

more information

Filip Schramka (I4DS)

Software engineer

Dr. Hualin Xiao (I4DS)

Physicist

info & publications

PEOPLE  @FHNW WHO WORKED ON STIX BEFORE

  • Casadei Diego, Dr. (I4DS) until 2018
  • Hochmuth Nicky (I4DS) until 2017
  • Iseli Linus (IPPE) until 2013
  • Kabosch Dino (IPPE) until 2013
  • Kobler Stefan (IPPE) until 2013
  • Molendini Francesca, Dr. (I4DS) until 2018
  • Repond Laurent (IPPE) until 2013
  • Schori Dominic (IPPE) until 2017

OPEN RESOURCES AND RESULTS

Poster STIX overview

VISUALS AND AUDIO

Artist’s impression of Solar Orbiter. Credit: ESA
Payload accommodation onboard Solar Orbiter. STIX is one of ten scientific instruments. Credit: ESA
The X-ray telescope consists of 32 pairs of grids mounted in front of 32 X-ray detectors which are located on the electronics box and make up the spectrometer. X-ray radiation passes through the windows in the heat shield, it is subsequently filtered by the imager unit and finally detected by the detector box – in order to obtain images of the hottest regions of solar eruptions with temperatures of up to 40 million degrees Celsius. Credit:

Der Sonne endlich so richtig nah kommen

by Radio SRF, 10.8.2018 | Interview mit Säm Krucker zum Start der Raumsonde Parker Solar Probe