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There are now three sets of official total effective areas which have been distributed by SASS. Just to be clear, the total effective area files contain:
It should be noted that up until the latest datasets
*._C_NEW2), rigorous checks
were not made that all components were included correctly.
The 1st datasets (
are likely to have a errors at low energies.
Based on high gain HZ43 observations, the polypropylene thickness
(within the window) was reduced by to produce
Unfortunately there was a low energy problem in these data.
*._C_NEW2 files were
adjusted for PI < 10 to reduce this low energy problem.
There is also a few percent change at the C edge,
SASS_AREA_B_NEW1 etc. (which had gone unnoticed); see
It should be noted that the detector maps do show variations at the few percent level on scales of tens of arc minutes. This is consistent with window thickness variations at fabrication. The 0.25 keV map may also have a top-bottom (in detector coordinates) gradient at a similar level. Furthermore, some ablation is possible within the central, most-used region of the detector. Currently however, it is not intended to fold these effects into the effective area datasets, although the effects are under confirmation/investigation.