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T. Yaqoob (JHU/GSFC)
We describe a public WWW archive (HotGAS) containing data products from Chandra observations using the High Energy Grating Spectrometer (HETGS). Spectral products are available from the archive in various formats and are suitable for use by non-experts and experts alike. Lightcurves and cross-dispersion profiles are also available. Easy and user-friendly access for non X-ray astronomers to reprocessed, publishable quality grating data products should help to promote inter-disciplinary and multi-wavelength research on active galactic nuclei (AGN). The archive will also be useful to X-ray astronomers who have not yet had experience with high resolution X-ray spectroscopy, as well as experienced X-ray astronomers who need quick access to clean and ready-to-go data products. Theoreticians may find the archive useful for testing their models without having to deal with the fine details of data processing and reduction. We also anticipate that the archive will be useful for training graduate students in high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy and for providing a resource for projects for high-school and graduate students. We plan to eventually expand the archive to include AGN data from the Chandra Low Energy Grating Spectrometer (LETGS), and the XMM-Newton Reflection-Grating Spectrometer (RGS). Further in the future we plan to extend the archive to include data from other astrophysical sources aside from AGN. The project thus far is funded by an archival Chandra grant.
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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