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Performance and results of the Re ection Grating Spectrometers on-board XMM-Newton

Summary: Performance and results of the Re ection Grating
Spectrometers on-board XMM-Newton
J.W. den Herder a , A.C. Brinkman a , S.M. Kahn b , G. Branduardi-Raymont c ,
M. Audard d , E. Behar b , A. Blustin c , A.J. den Boggende a , J. Cottam b , C. Erd e , C. Gabriel f ,
M. Gudel d , K. van der Heyden a , J.S. Kaastra a , A. Kinkhabwala b , M.A. Leutenegger b , R. Mewe a ,
F.B.S. Paerels b , A.J.J. Raassen a , J.R. Peterson b , A. Pollock f , A.P. Rasmussen b , M. Sako b ,
M. Santos-Lleo f , K.C. Steenbrugge a , T. Tamura a , and C.P. de Vries a
a SRON, National Institute for Space Research, Sorbonnelaan 2, 3584 Utrecht, The Netherlands
b Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory, NY, 10027, USA
c Mullard Space Science laboratory, UCL, Holmbury St. Mary, RH5 6NT UK
d Paul Sherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen, Switzerland
e Space Science Department, ESA, 2200 AG Noordwijk, the Netherlands
f XMM Science Opterations Center- VILSPA, ESA, E-28080 Madrid, Spain
XMM-Newton was launched in December 1999 and science operations started in March 2000. Following two
years of very successful operations, a report on the instrument performance and a selection of exciting new
results are presented.
Behind two of the three telescopes of XMM-Newton Re ection Grating Spectrometers (RGS) are placed.
Each spectrometer consists of an array of re ection gratings and a set of back illuminated CCDs. They cover the
wavelength band between 6 and 38  A with a resolution varying between 100 and 600 (E/E) and a maximum


Source: Audard, Marc - INTEGRAL Science Data Centre & Observatory of Geneva, Université de Genève


Collections: Physics