In-orbit Vignetting Calibrations of XMM-Newton Telescopes

Дата и время публикации : 2004-03-29T07:28:31Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
D. H. Lumb
A Finoguenov
R Saxton
B Aschenbach
P. Gondoin
M Kirsch
I. M. Stewart

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Ссылка на журнал-издание: Exper.Astron. 15 (2003) 89-111
Коментарии к статье: Accepted by Experimental Astronomy. 26 pages, 18 figures
Первичная категория: astro-ph

Все категории : astro-ph

Краткий обзор статьи: We describe measurements of the mirror vignetting in the XMM-Newton Observatory made in-orbit, using observations of SNR G21.5-09 and SNR 3C58 with the EPIC imaging cameras. The instrument features that complicate these measurements are briefly described. We show the spatial and energy dependences of measured vignetting, outlining assumptions made in deriving the eventual agreement between simulation and measurement. Alternate methods to confirm these are described, including an assessment of source elongation with off-axis angle, the surface brightness distribution of the diffuse X-ray background, and the consistency of Coma cluster emission at different position angles. A synthesis of these measurements leads to a change in the XMM calibration data base, for the optical axis of two of the three telescopes, by in excess of 1 arcminute. This has a small but measureable effect on the assumed spectral responses of the cameras for on-axis targets.

Category: Physics