Evaluation of Flux and Timing Calibration of the XMM-Newton EPIC-MOS Cameras in Timing Mode

University essay from Linköpings universitet/Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Author: John-olov Larsson; [2008]

Keywords: XMM; Newton; Calibration; EPIC; MOS; Camera; timing mode;

Abstract: XMM-Newton is a X-ray telescope launched december 1999, by the European Space Agency, ESA. On board XMM-Newton are two EPIC-MOS X-ray detectors. The detectors are build by Charged Coupled Devices (CCDs), of Metal Oxide Semi-conductor type. The EPIC-MOS cameras have four science operating modes. This project aims to evaluate the calibration for one of these four modes, the timing mode. The evaluation is divided into two parts. The first part is the evaluation of the flux calibration, performed by analysing various observation made in timing mode. The second part is the evaluation of timing properties by performing timing analysis of XMM-Newton observations of the Crab nebula compared to observations made in the radio wavelengths.

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