AAS 197, January 2001
Session 93. New Technology and its Achievements II
Oral, Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 10:30am-12:00noon, Royal Palm 5/6

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[93.02] Sub-pixel-resolution images with chandra ACIS CCD using the corner pixel events

K. Mori, H. Tsunemi, E. Miyata, C.J. Baluta (Department of Earth and Space Science, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University), D.N. Burrows (Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State University)

The Chandra mirrors, the HRMA, have unprecedented angular resolution. This results in a PSF with half power radius much less than 0.5 arc-second. In spite of this value, the pixel size of the CCD(0.492arc-second) is not small enough for the full imaging capability of Chandra to be realized by using the ACIS.

Since the primary charge cloud generated by an X-ray photon has a finite size [1], the charge distribution of the X-ray event will give us more precise position information than that determined by the pixel size. In particular, the location of ASCA-grade 6 events, corner pixel events, can be localized to about one tenth of the pixel size as confirmed by employing the identical ACIS CCD [2] and by the mesh technique [3]. Therefore, we can expect an improvement of the position resolution by collecting corner pixel events.

We are applying this technique to tha data which are more effective to be done. In the meeting, we will report the validity of this technique and discuss the results from the astrophysical point of view.

[1] J. Hiraga, H. Tsunemi, K. Yoshita, E. Miyata, and M. Ohtani, ``How big are charge clouds inside the charge-coupled device produced by X-ray photons ?'' Jpn. J. Appl. Phys., Vol. 37, 4627, 1998.

[2] M. Pivovaroff, S. Jones, M. Bautz, S. Kissel, G. Prigozhin, G. Ricker, H. Tsunemi, and E. Miyata, ``Measurement of the Sub-pixel Structure of AXAF CCDs,'' IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci., Vol. 45, 164, 1998.

[3] H. Tsunemi, S. Kitamoto, and K. Yoshita, ``New Technique of the X-Ray Efficiency Measurement of a Charge-Coupled Device with a Subpixel Resolution.'' Jpn. J. Appl. Phys., Vol. 36, 2906, 1998.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: mori@ess.sci.osaka-u.ac.jp

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