13 December 2000 In-orbit calibration activities of the XMM-Newton EPIC cameras
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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.
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David H. Lumb, David H. Lumb, Philippe Gondoin, Philippe Gondoin, Martin J. L. Turner, Martin J. L. Turner, Anthony F. Abbey, Anthony F. Abbey, Paul J. Bennie, Paul J. Bennie, Steve Sembay, Steve Sembay, G. J. Griffiths, G. J. Griffiths, Philippe Ferrando, Philippe Ferrando, Jean Luc Sauvageot, Jean Luc Sauvageot, Elena Belsole, Elena Belsole, Claude Pigot, Claude Pigot, Ulrich G. Briel, Ulrich G. Briel, Konrad Dennerl, Konrad Dennerl, Frank Haberl, Frank Haberl, Gisela D. Hartner, Gisela D. Hartner, Eckhard Kendziorra, Eckhard Kendziorra, Marcus Kirsch, Marcus Kirsch, Markus Kuster, Markus Kuster, Silvano Molendi, Silvano Molendi, Gabriele E. Villa, Gabriele E. Villa, Andrea Tiengo, Andrea Tiengo, A. Lagostina, A. Lagostina, E. Serpell, E. Serpell, } "In-orbit calibration activities of the XMM-Newton EPIC cameras", Proc. SPIE 4140, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XI, (13 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.409123; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.409123
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