HEAD Division Meeting 1999, April 1999
Session 26. Missions and Instruments
Poster, Wednesday, April 14, 1999, 8:30am Wed. - 2:00pm Thurs., Gold Room

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[26.10] Calibration of the point spread function for the RGS on XMM

J. Spodek (Columbia Astrophysics Labs), G. Branduardi-Raymont (Mullard Space Science Lab), H. Brauninger (Max Planck, Panter), A. Brinkman (Space Research Organization of the Netherlands), J. Cottam (Columbia Astrophysics Labs), C. de Vries, A. den Boggende, J. W. den Herder (Space Research Organization of the Netherlands), C. Erd (ESA/ESTEC), S. Kahn (Columbia Astrophysics Labs), F. Paerels (Space Research Organization of the Netherlands), A. Rasmussen (Columbia Astrophysics Labs)

We present the results of the point spread function calibration performed on the Reflection Grating Spectrometer of XMM. This calibration was done at the long-beam X-ray testing facility at Panter, Munich, Germany, and the analysis recently completed.

Contributions to the spectrometer's PSF arise mainly from the focusing mirror PSF, grating surface micro-roughness and nonflatness, and deviations from perfect hardware positioning within specifications. The predicted model, which was mainly based on these effects, was consistent with extensive experimental results to within a few percent over a wide range of parameter space, slightly greater than will be used in flight.

We will also present the in-flight calibration program for the post-launch refinement of the RGS PSF.


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