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In-orbit performance of the EPIC-PN CCD camera on board XMM-Newton
Author(s): Ulrich G. Briel; Bernd Aschenbach; M. Balasini; Heinrich W. Braeuninger; Wolfgang Burkert; Konrad Dennerl; M. Ehle; Frank Haberl; Robert Hartmann; Gisela D. Hartner; Peter Holl; Piero Massa; Norbert Meidinger; Josef Kemmer; Eckhard Kendziorra; Marcus Kirsch; Norbert Krause; Markus Kuster; David H. Lumb; Elmar Pfeffermann; Josef Pal; W. Pietsch; Martin Popp; A. Read; Claus Reppin; Heike Soltau; Ruediger Staubert; Lothar Strueder; Joachim E. Truemper; Gabriele E. Villa; Christoph van Zanthier; V. E. Zavlin
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Paper Abstract

On 10th December 1999, the European X-ray satellite XMM, now called XMM-Newton, was successfully put into orbit. After initial commissioning of the satellite's subsystems, the EPIC-pn camera was switched on and tested thoroughly in the period Jan./Febr. 2000. After refining of some of the parameter settings and the on-board pn-computer programs, we started the Calibration and Performance Verification Phase, which will last until the end of May 2000. In this paper we report on the results of the EPIC-pn Commissioning Phase with respect to the in-orbit performance of the camera. We also show some of the early results with the pn-camera, the first light image of a region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and an observation of the Crab Nebular.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4012, X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III, (18 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391613
Show Author Affiliations
Ulrich G. Briel, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Bernd Aschenbach, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
M. Balasini, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Heinrich W. Braeuninger, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Wolfgang Burkert, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Konrad Dennerl, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
M. Ehle, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Frank Haberl, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Robert Hartmann, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Gisela D. Hartner, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Peter Holl, KETEK GmbH (Germany)
Piero Massa, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Norbert Meidinger, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Josef Kemmer, KETEK GmbH (Germany)
Eckhard Kendziorra, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Marcus Kirsch, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Spain)
Norbert Krause, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Australia)
Markus Kuster, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
David H. Lumb, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Elmar Pfeffermann, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Josef Pal, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
W. Pietsch, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Martin Popp, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
A. Read, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Claus Reppin, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Heike Soltau, KETEK GmbH (Germany)
Ruediger Staubert, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Lothar Strueder, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Joachim E. Truemper, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Gabriele E. Villa, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Christoph van Zanthier, KETEK GmbH (Germany)
V. E. Zavlin, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4012:
X-Ray Optics, Instruments, and Missions III
Joachim E. Truemper; Bernd Aschenbach, Editor(s)

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