AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 10. Data Centers, NVO and Catalogs
Display, Monday, January 7, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[10.12] RXTE Standard Data Products: Archival Observations at a Glance

P. T. Boyd (UMBC & NASA's GSFC), M. J. Tripicco (SSAI & NASA's GSFC), A. P. Smale (USRA & NASA's GSFC), A. C. Kiddy (SSAI & NASA's GSFC), G. L. Rohrbach (SP Systems & NASA's GSFC), RXTE Guest Observer Facility (GOF) Team

The RXTE GOF has designed a set of standard data products that are currently being produced for archival observations. As the RXTE mission matures, the archive of high quality data on individual objects and classes of objects is becoming increasingly fruitful to researchers. Standard data products allow the user to get a quick overview of an archival observation. Light curves, spectra and other high-level products created from generic analysis of standard-mode data reveal the amount of good time, PCA and HEXTE count rates, (source, background, and net), spectral hardness, and any sudden changes in brightness (flares or eclipses). The archive contains the product files themselves (in FITS format) as well as .gif images for a number of key plots to facilitate browsing of the data products. The standard data products are not meant to take the place of careful data analysis by the user; rather, they offer a glimpse of the quality and details of archival observations. Standard data products have so far been produced for all archival RXTE observations from the first three years of RXTE operations, and are currently available in the RXTE Archive. We continue to generate standard products for later data. It is our goal to eventually include the new standard products with all new data deliveries.

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