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Useful Documentation

The documents most likely to be useful to the Hera user are those pertaining to SAS. There are a number of these which users of XMM-Newton data should be aware of. These documents include the SSC Products Specification, Data Files Handbook, Reading Data Products CD's (the most recent versions of these documents can be found in the SOC Document section under
http://xmm.vilspa.esa.es/external/xmm_user_support/documentation/index.shtml), and the SAS Users Guide (http://xmm.vilspa.esa.es/external/xmm_sw_cal/sas_frame.shtml).

Additional information concerning XMM-Newton data files can be found in the Interface Control Document: Observation and Slew Data Files (XSCS to SSC) (SciSIM to SOCSIM) (XMM-SOC-ICD-0004-SSD). This is an impressive tome which goes into great detail about the file nomenclature and structure. This document can be found in the documents area of the SOC web pages:
http://xmm.vilspa.esa.es/cgi-bin/docs/DOC_list?Type=ICD.

NOTE: For observation data sets going to US PIs, the GOF makes the data available on line after PGP encryption and after converting the file names to upper case. When the proprietary period for the observation expires the data are decrypted leaving the file names unchanged. A simple decryption script, minus the relevant keys of course, can be found at:
ftp://legacy.gsfc.nasa.gov/xmm/software/decrypt.pl.
NOTE: Laura Brenneman wrote a script and accompanying help file that gives explicit directions on how to most quickly pull over all the files in a data set from the archive, as well as decrypting, and uncompressing the files in preparation for data analysis. This package can be found at:
ftp://legacy.gsfc.nasa.gov/xmm/software/prepare_xmm_data.tar.gz. and contains the following files: README, decrpyt.pl, and prepare_xmm_data.pl.


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Lynne Valencic 2011-07-26