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Bright source x-ray spectroscopy with XMM-Newton: a modified EPIC-pn timing mode
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Paper Abstract

The large collecting area of XMM-Newton combined with the good energy resolution of the EPIC-pn CCDs allows the study, with unprecedented detail, of accretion processes onto neutron stars and black holes. The EPIC-pn CCD camera in Timing mode, in which data are read out continuously, is among the fastest X-ray CCD camera available; however, telemetry constraints do not allow full use of these capabilities for many sources because currently randomly distributed data gaps are introduced by the on-board data handling electronics. As an alternative, we have proposed to implement a modification of the Timing mode in which data from soft X-ray events are not transmitted to Earth. Here we discuss the properties of this modified Timing mode, which will first be used in simultaneous XMM-Newton, RXTE, and INTEGRAL observations of the Galactic black hole binary Cygnus X-1 in autumn 2004. We discuss the predicted performance of this new mode based upon laboratory measurements, Monte Carlo simulations, and data from existing Timing mode observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551229
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Eckhard Kendziorra, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tubingen (Germany)
Jorn Wilms, Univ. of Warwick (United Kingdom)
Frank Haberl, Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Marcus G. F. Kirsch, XMM-Newton Science Operations Ctr./VILSPA (Spain)
Michael Martin, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tubingen (Germany)
Michael A. Nowak, Chandra X-ray Ctr./Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5488:
UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems
Guenther Hasinger; Martin J. L. Turner, Editor(s)

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