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EPIC pn-CCD detector aboard XMM-Newton: status of the background calibration
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Paper Abstract

We report on the current status of the background calibration of the EPIC pn-CCD camera on board XMM-Newton. The intrinsic background is comprised of internal electronic noise, and continuous and fluorescent X-ray emission induced by high-energy particles. Soft protons passing through the X-ray telescope (and finally also true cosmic X-rays) contribute to the registered events. The camera background has been monitored by using data in closed filter positions for three years; we review the spectral, spatial, and temporal distribution, for all commissioned instrument modes. This paper also discusses briefly the effects on scientific data analysis and conclusions for further observations and detectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5165, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII, (3 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.506277
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Michael J. Freyberg, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
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)
Elmar Pfeffermann, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Eckhard Kendziorra, Eberhard-Karls Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Marcus G. F. Kirsch, European Space Agency (Spain)
David H. Lumb, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5165:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII
Kathryn A. Flanagan; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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