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Energy Calibration of Different Modes of a pn-CCD-camera on board the X-Ray Observatory XMM-Newton
Linköping University, The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The X-ray Multi-mirror Mission, XMM-Newton was launched by the European Space Agency, ESA, in 1999. XMM-Newton carries six cameras, including a silicon pn-junction Charge Coupled Device, or pn-CCD camera. This camera has six operating modes, spatially as well as time resolved. The main objective of this project is to refine the Burst mode energy correction in order to align the measured energy spectra observed in the Burst mode with the spectra taken in the Full Frame mode. An observation of the line-rich supernova remnant called Cassiopeia A is used to evaluate the line positions in each mode such that the energy correction function used for the alignment can be modified accordingly. The analysis further treats the application of the correction on a source with a continuous spectrum, the Crab nebula. Discussion shows how to reduce eventual residuals in the Crab spectrum by modifying the correction function while keeping the alignment of the Cas-A spectra. The final product is an update of the corresponding published calibration file.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi , 2007. , 79 p.
Keyword [en]
EPIC, ESA, calibration, CCD, pn, camera, XMM, Newton, burst, full frame
National Category
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-8290ISRN: LiTH-IFM-EX-07/1730-SEOAI: diva2:23128
2007-02-05, Planck, Fysikhuset, Linköping, 15:15
Available from: 2007-02-16 Created: 2007-02-16

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