HEAD Division Meeting 1999, April 1999
Session 15. X-Ray Binaries
Poster, Tuesday, April 13, 1999, 8:30am-6:02pm, Gold Room

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[15.04] High Resolution Spectroscopy with Chandra - X-ray binaries

N. S. Schulz (MIT / Center for Space Research), MIT HETGS/Chandra Science Team

The High-Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer (HETGS) onboard NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is designed to perform high resolution X-ray spectroscopy with a spectral resolving power of up to 1000 in the 0.5 to 10 keV energy band. The calibration and science plan of the HETG team covers a large variety of X-ray binary targets including various types of low-mass X-ray binaries, high mass X-ray binaries and black hole candidates. Based on spectral parameters from recent X-ray observations as well as on available emission line data bases, a selection of simulated grating spectra for various targets (e.g. Cyg X-2, 4U1636-53, 4U 1626-67, Vela X-1, Cyg X-1 and SS 433), will not only demonstrate the spectroscopic power of the upcoming Chandra observatory, but also show what plasma diagnostics and atomic line spectroscopy in accretion powered X-ray sources will be like in the future. Emphasis is placed on HETG grating spectral data handling, tools and analysis procedures.


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