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In-orbit calibration activities of the XMM-Newton EPIC cameras
Author(s): David H. Lumb; Philippe Gondoin; Martin J. L. Turner; Anthony F. Abbey; Paul J. Bennie; Steve Sembay; G. J. Griffiths; Philippe Ferrando; Jean Luc Sauvageot; Elena Belsole; Claude Pigot; Ulrich G. Briel; Konrad Dennerl; Frank Haberl; Gisela D. Hartner; Eckhard Kendziorra; Marcus Kirsch; Markus Kuster; Silvano Molendi; Gabriele E. Villa; Andrea Tiengo; A. Lagostina; E. Serpell
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Paper Abstract

The combined effective area of the three EPIC cameras of the XMM-Newton Observatory, offers the greatest collecting power ever deployed in an X-ray imaging system. The resulting potential for high sensitivity, broad-band spectroscopic investigations demands an accurate calibration. This work summarizes the initial in-orbit calibration activities that address these requirements. We highlight the first steps towards effective area determination, which includes the maintenance of gain CTI calibration to allow accurate energy determination. We discuss observations concerning the timing and count-rate capabilities of the detectors. Finally we note some performance implications of the optical blocking filters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 December 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4140, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XI, (13 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.409123
Show Author Affiliations
David H. Lumb, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Philippe Gondoin, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Martin J. L. Turner, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Anthony F. Abbey, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Paul J. Bennie, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Steve Sembay, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
G. J. Griffiths, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Philippe Ferrando, CEA Saclay (France)
Jean Luc Sauvageot, CEA Saclay (France)
Elena Belsole, CEA Saclay (France)
Claude Pigot, CEA Saclay (France)
Ulrich G. Briel, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Konrad Dennerl, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Frank Haberl, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Gisela D. Hartner, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Eckhard Kendziorra, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Marcus Kirsch, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Spain)
Markus Kuster, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Silvano Molendi, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Gabriele E. Villa, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Andrea Tiengo, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica and XMM-Newton Science Operations Ctr. (Italy)
A. Lagostina, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica and XMM-Newton Science Operations Ctr. (Italy)
E. Serpell, XMM-Newton Science Operations Ctr. (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4140:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XI
Kathryn A. Flanagan; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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