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XMM-NEWTON CALIBRATION DATA IMAGES


X-ray focal image of the mirror shell 57

XMM Mirror PSF

(Photograph courtesy of XMM-Newton SOC, VILSPA)

X-ray focal image of the mirror shell 57 (approx. diameter 300 mm) measured at Al Kalpha (1.49 keV) with an half-energy-width of 8.2 arc seconds.

Panter test data showing the response at the focal, intrafocal, and extrafocal points

XMM Mirror Response

(Image courtesy of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, 1997 calendar picture)

The mirror module qualification model (QM) for the European X-ray observatory XMM-Newton was tested in the PANTER X-ray test facility (Neuried) of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Garching). The image demonstrates the quality of the module with an exposure of a 120 meter distant point source. The intrafocal and extrafocal images show structure due to the mirror shells and provide details for the residual structure of the image at the focal position.

Panter "First Light" at 8 keV

XMM First Light

(Photograph courtesy of Telescope Scientist Team, Panter facility)

Log-scaled intensity image of on-axis 8 keV Point Spread Function, as measured with the CCD camera supplied by the University of Leicester X-Ray Astronomy Group. The image covers approximately 10 x 6 arc minutes. The Half Encircled Energy radius is about 7 - 8 arc seconds.

XMM-Newton "Dart Board"

XMM Dartboard

(Photograph courtesy of Telescope Scientist Team, Panter facility)

This plot is a representation of how the XMM-Newton FM1 mirror module might focus a set of off-axis point source targets at field angles of 7 and 14 arc minutes approximately. Note that compared with ASCA, for example, the vastly improved angular resolution will allow better imaging, point source location, and a tremendous improvement in the ability to perform spectrophotometry in crowded fields.

EUV (58 nm) image of the first flight model XMM-Newton mirror module

XMM Flight Model

(Photograph courtesy of Centre Spatial de Liege)

Intensity plot (log-scaled) of a EUV (58 nm) image of the first flight model of an XMM-Newton mirror module obtained at Centre Spatial de Liege (CSL). The size of the image corresponds to one arc minute squared. The half energy width is 15.3 arc seconds and the 90% energy width is 60 arc seconds.

Intra-focal EUV (58 nm) image

XMM EUV image

(Photograph courtesy of Centre Spatial de Liege)

Intensity plot of an intra-focal EUV (58 nm) image of the first flight model of an XMM-Newton mirror module obtained at Centre Spatial de Liege (CSL).


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This file was last modified on Thursday, 18-Jul-2002 13:43:57 EDT
Curator:Michael Arida (ADNET); michael.arida@nasa.gov

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