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10 November 1998 Calibration and preliminary results on the performance of the XMM EPIC PN flight camera: imaging modes
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The x-ray multi mirror (XMM) mission, the second cornerstone of the European Space Agency's Horizon 2000 program, will be launched in August 1999 and will perform high throughput imaging and spectroscopy in the energy range form 0.1 to 15 keV. One of the focal plane instruments is the EPIC pn CCD camera with a sensitive area of 60 mm by 60 mm, integrated on a single silicon wafer. The camera is divided into 4 redundant quadrants of three 10 mm by 30 mm CCDs with 64 by 200 pixels each. The thin entrance window in combination with a depletion depth out modes give the flexibility to observe targets of different source strength up to several Grab with some reduction in spectral and spatial performance. We will report on the calibration of the flight unit of the EPIC pm camera, performed at the long beam test facility Panter in Muenchen and at the Synchrotron Radiation Facility beam lines at the Istitute d'Astrophysique Spatiale in Orsay. In this paper we describe the preliminary results of the calibration of the imaging modes.
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