The available products for the Mediun Energy (ME) detector are spectra,
response matrices and lightcurves. Spectra and lightcurves were originally
created, in binary format, at the EXOSAT Observatory during the post
operational phase. HEASARC converted all EXOSAT ME products in FITS
and generated for each spectrum a response matrix, as well in FITS format.
At HEASARC the products, in FITS format,are available from
EXOSAT me FTP area
on the HEASARC's archive computer.
During a typical EXOSAT observation, several configurations
for the ME array detector were possible as well as different on board
computer set up. Separate lightcurve were accumulated
for any change in either the mechanical ME configuration and/or different
on board computer programs. All the lightcurves are background subtracted
and dead time corrected. Four data sets of on-source lightcurves are
available. One set has 30 sec time resolution obtained over 0.8-9 keV energy range.
The others have been obtained for the following energy band
0.6-3.8 keV , 3.6-9 keV, 0.8-9 keV with better time resolution. Background
lightcurves, in the energy band 0.8-9 keV with 30 sec resolution, are
also available only for those observations in which half of the ME detector
was on source, and the other half monitoring the background.
The EXOSAT ME lightcurves in FITS format make use
of the FITS binary table extension (BINTABLE). The specific FITS layout of the
data is described in the Legacy 3, 32. The total number of EXOSAT lightcurves is 19592,
which includes the background and the four data sets of on-source lightcurves.
HEASARC generated also two GIF files of the lightcurves (available from the
EXOSAT me FTP area) for each observation. One is the plot of the broad band
0.8-9 keV data, the other show the lightcurves in the low (0.8-3.6 keV) and high (3.6-9 keV)
Spectra and Response Matrices
For each observing interval there is a background subtracted on-source
spectrum integrated over the entire observing interval. If alternatively both
halfs of the ME array were on-source during an observation, the average
spectrum was corrected for the difference due to the background spectrum and
counting rate between the two halfs by using standard "difference spectra".
The EXOSAT ME spectra and response matrices in FITS format make use of the
FITS binary tavble extension (BINTABLE).The specific FITS layout for spectra and
response matrices are described in the Legacy 2, 65 and Legacy 2, 51
respectivaly. The total number of EXOSAT spectra and response
matrices is 4602.
HEASARC generated also GIF files of the spectra which show the spectrum
convolved for the response matrix.
A CDROM (vol2)
containing all the lightcurves, spectra and response matrices in FITS and GIF
format is available and was first distributed at the 188th AAS Meeting
(9-13 June 1996 Madison, Wisconsin).
Products naming convention
The ME product file names are a 6-character strings, a letter
followed by a 5-digit number, generated automatically by the
computer, based on the start time of the observation. The first
character, which identifies the product type, has a different convention
for the 3 experiments (LE+CMA, ME and GS), but within an
experiment different products associated with the same observation
share the 5 digit number. The ME 30-sec lightcurves have `d' as first
character, and the multi-band lightcurves use `a' (lower energy),'b' (higher energy),
and 'c' (total band). The background lightcurves have `r' as a suffix
and the spectra use `s.'
and XRONOS software packages are useful for analysis of the
FITS spectra and lightcurves respectivaly. The
FTOOLS package provides also a number of programs to manipulate
the FITS file.
The GIF files can be viewed on UNIX and VMS with the package xv, under
DOS with ColorView and under MacOS with Giffer.