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11 October 2004 Bright source x-ray spectroscopy with XMM-Newton: a modified EPIC-pn timing mode
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The large collecting area of XMM-Newton combined with the good energy resolution of the EPIC-pn CCDs allows the study, with unprecedented detail, of accretion processes onto neutron stars and black holes. The EPIC-pn CCD camera in Timing mode, in which data are read out continuously, is among the fastest X-ray CCD camera available; however, telemetry constraints do not allow full use of these capabilities for many sources because currently randomly distributed data gaps are introduced by the on-board data handling electronics. As an alternative, we have proposed to implement a modification of the Timing mode in which data from soft X-ray events are not transmitted to Earth. Here we discuss the properties of this modified Timing mode, which will first be used in simultaneous XMM-Newton, RXTE, and INTEGRAL observations of the Galactic black hole binary Cygnus X-1 in autumn 2004. We discuss the predicted performance of this new mode based upon laboratory measurements, Monte Carlo simulations, and data from existing Timing mode observations.
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Eckhard Kendziorra, Jorn Wilms, Frank Haberl, Marcus G. F. Kirsch, Michael Martin, and Michael A. Nowak "Bright source x-ray spectroscopy with XMM-Newton: a modified EPIC-pn timing mode", Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004);


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