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Preprint 02j/02

Calibration of the XMM-Newton EPIC-pn Camera in the fast modes

M. Kirsch (1), E. Kendziorra (1), M. Freyberg (2), A. Edele (1)

(1) Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Astronomie, Universität Tübingen, Sand 1, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany
(2) Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse, D-85748 Garching, Germany

To appear in: New Visions of the X-ray Universe in the XMM-Newton and Chandra Era, eds. F. Jansen & TBD, ESA SP-488, 2002

Abstract. We report on the calibration of the EPIC-pn camera on board XMM-Newton in the Timing and Burst Modes. Combined ground calibration measurements at the PANTER facility of MPE and in-flight calibration measurements of the supernova remnants N132D and Cas-A gave a satisfying relative accuracy of 0.3% for the Timing Mode and of about 5% for the Burst Mode over the spectral range from 0.2 to 11 keV. In the future the accuracy of Burst Mode can be further improved by long in-flight calibration measurements if necessary.

Key words: Missions: XMM-Newton, EPIC, Calibration, Timing

Paper (510k gzip'ed Postscript including figures)

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