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11 March 2003 High-time resolution spectroscopy with XMM-Newton and XEUS
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The pn-CCD camera on board of XMM-Newton as well as the Wide Field Imager (WFI) currently being designed for the XEUS mission can be read out in special fast timing modes, providing spectroscopy at very high time resolution. The two fast modes, Timing and Burst mode, of the pn-CCD camera on board XMM-Newton provide a time resolution of 30 μs, respectively. However, this fast timing is only possible at the expense of spatial resolution in readout direction. In contrast, the current baseline design of the WFI for XEUS will provide 25 μs timing at full spatial resolution. We describe the basic principles of the fast readout schemes of the pn-CCD and the SFI, discuss the potential of XEUS for high time resolution spectroscopy and present first results of pulse phase resolved spectroscopy of the Crab pulsar with the pn-CCD in Timing mode.
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Eckhard Kendziorra, Markus Kuster, Marcus Kirsch, Patrick Risse, Ruediger Staubert, Werner Becker, Lothar Strueder, Johannes Treis, Peter Lechner, and Peter Holl "High-time resolution spectroscopy with XMM-Newton and XEUS", Proc. SPIE 4851, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy, (11 March 2003);


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