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Performance and results of the reflection grating spectrometers onboard XMM-Newton
Author(s): Jan-Willem W. den Herder; A. C. Brinkman; Steven M. Kahn; Graziella Branduardi-Raymont; M. Audard; E. Behar; A. Blustin; Antonius J. F. den Boggende; Jean Cottam; Christian Erd; Carlos Gabriel; Manuel Guedel; K. van der Heyden; Jelle S. Kaastra; A. Kinkhabwala; Maurice Andrew Leutenegger; Rolf Mewe; Frits B. S. Paerels; A. J. J. Raassen; J. R. Peterson; A. Pollock; Andrew P. Rasmussen; M. Sako; M. Santos-Lleo; K. Steenbrugge; T. Tamura; Cor P. de Vries
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Paper Abstract

XMM-Newton was launched in December 1999 and science operations started in March 2000. Following two years of very successful operations, a report on the instrument performance and a selection of exciting new results are presented. Behind two of the three telescopes of XMM-Newton Reflection Grating Spectrometers (RGS) are placed. Each spectrometer consists of an array of reflection gratings and a set of back illuminated CCDs. They cover the wavelength band between 6 and 38 Angstromwith a resolution varying between 100 and 600 (E/DE) and a maximum effective area of 140 cm2 for the two spectrometers combined. The selected wavelength band covers the K-shell transitions of C, N, O, Ne, Mg and Si as well as the L- and M-shell transitions of Fe. After a short introduction to the instrument design, the in-orbit performance is given. This includes the line spread function, the wavelength scale and the effective area including their stability during the more than 2 years of operations. Following this a number of key scientific results are briefly addressed, illustrating the power of the RGS instrument in combination with the other instruments on-board of XMM-Newton as well as the wealth of information which is obtained as the RGS instruments operate continuously.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4851, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy, (11 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461150
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Jan-Willem W. den Herder, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
A. C. Brinkman, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
Steven M. Kahn, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
M. Audard, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
E. Behar, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
A. Blustin, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Antonius J. F. den Boggende, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
Jean Cottam, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Christian Erd, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Carlos Gabriel, European Space Agency (Spain)
Manuel Guedel, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
K. van der Heyden, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
Jelle S. Kaastra, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
A. Kinkhabwala, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Maurice Andrew Leutenegger, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Rolf Mewe, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
Frits B. S. Paerels, Columbia Astropphysics Lab. (United States)
A. J. J. Raassen, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
J. R. Peterson, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
A. Pollock, European Space Agency (Spain)
Andrew P. Rasmussen, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
M. Sako, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
M. Santos-Lleo, European Space Agency (Spain)
K. Steenbrugge, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
T. Tamura, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)
Cor P. de Vries, Space Research Organization Netherlands (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4851:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy
Joachim E. Truemper; Harvey D. Tananbaum, Editor(s)

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