10 November 1998 Calibration and preliminary results on the performance of the XMM EPIC PN camera: timing modes
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The pm-CCD camera is one of the three focal plane instruments of the European Photon Imaging Camera (EPIC) on board the x-ray multi mirror (XMM) mission scheduled for launch in August 1999. The detector consists of four quadrants of three pn-CCDs each, which are integrate don one 4 inch silicon wafer. Each CCD has 200 by 64 pixels with 280 micrometers depletion depth. One CCD of a quadrant is readout at a time, while the four quadrants can be processed independently of each other. Observations of point sources brighter than 11 mCrab in imaging mode will be effected by photon pile-up. However, special operating modes can be used to observe bright sources up to 150 mCrab in Timing Mode with 30 microsecond(s) time resolution and very bright sources up to several Crab in Burst Mode with 7 microsecond(s) time resolution. We have tested and calibrate the flight model FM of the EPIC pn-CCD camera at the long beam test facility Panter near Munich and at the synchrotron monochromators of the Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale in Orsay, France. In this paper describe the calibration of the pn-CCD detector in high time resolution/bright source operating modes and present preliminary results on the performance in these modes.
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Eckhard Kendziorra, Eckhard Kendziorra, Edgar Bihler, Edgar Bihler, Michael Colli, Michael Colli, Marcus Kirsch, Marcus Kirsch, Markus Kuster, Markus Kuster, Bernhard Pflueger, Bernhard Pflueger, Ruediger Staubert, Ruediger Staubert, Heinrich W. Braeuninger, Heinrich W. Braeuninger, Ulrich G. Briel, Ulrich G. Briel, Konrad Dennerl, Konrad Dennerl, Frank Haberl, Frank Haberl, Gisela D. Hartner, Gisela D. Hartner, Norbert Meidinger, Norbert Meidinger, Elmar Pfeffermann, Elmar Pfeffermann, Claus Reppin, Claus Reppin, Lothar Strueder, Lothar Strueder, Joachim E. Truemper, Joachim E. Truemper, Peter Holl, Peter Holl, Josef Kemmer, Josef Kemmer, Heike Soltau, Heike Soltau, Christoph von Zanthier, Christoph von Zanthier, } "Calibration and preliminary results on the performance of the XMM EPIC PN camera: timing modes", Proc. SPIE 3445, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy IX, (10 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.330303; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.330303


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