The 2006 Project
Dr. Marcus G. F. Kirsch is the scientific coordinator of the trainee project at ESAC. He is the calibration scientist of one of the main instruments onboard XMM-Newton: the European Photon Imaging Camera (EPIC). EPIC operates in the energy range from 0.2-15 keV and provides spatial, energy and timing information of objects in the X-ray sky. The European EPIC Consortium carries out the calibration of the EPIC camera where major calibration development is performed by the University of Leicester (UK) and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Germany). MK coordinates the EPIC Instrument Dedicated (EPIC-IDT) team at ESAC, that participates in the calibration efforts and transfers all important calibration information into Current Calibration Files (CCF) and/or software products using a major scientific analysis software package, the Scientific Analysis System (SAS), which is needed by observers for optimum scientific exploitation of the XMM-Newton observations performed.
Dr. Matteo Guainazzi got his Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the University "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy) in October 1996. During his Ph.D he was visiting researcher at the Cosmic Radiation Laboratory of the RIKEN (Wako-shi, Japan). His scientific career has been mostly spent in community support for space missions, both on behalf of the Italian Space Agency (ASI; BeppoSAX, 1995-1997), and of the European Space Agency (XMM-Newton, 1999-now). In between, he pretty much enjoyed a two years post-doc Research Fellowship at ESTEC (Nordwijk, The Netherlands). Currently, M.Guainazzi is scientifically responsible for the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA). He is Scientist for the ESA Virtual Observatory as well. His main scientific interests are in the field of high-energy emission of Seyfert galaxies, and compact radio sources.
Dr. Martin Stuhlinger is an instrument and calibration scientist at the European Space Astronomy Centre, the successor of Bruno Altieri in the XMM-Newton EPIC team. Next to the health monitoring of the EPIC MOS instruments he is working on both the internal cross-calibration of XMM-Newtons X-ray instruments as well as the cross-calibration of XMM-Newton to other satellite missions.
Dr. Peter Kretschmar is the Science Operations Manager and Deputy Project Scientist for the Integral satellite. This medium sized ESA mission covers the energy range from 3 keV to 10 MeV plus the optical V-band, see, e.g., ESA Science & Technology: INTEGRAL for more details.