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Summaries of recent status of the calibrations are available; Look for the Current Calibration File (CCF) and for its Release Notes for further details on the implementation of the calibrations.



General

Document Reference Title Date Comments
arXiv.1305.4480 Summary of the 2013 IACHEC meeting May 2013 Summary of the inter-calibration status
XMM-SOC-CAL-PL-0001 Routine Calibration Plan May 2014  
XMM-SOC-CAL-PL-0100 Routine Calibration Plan 2014-2015 implementation plan May 2014  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0052 Status of XMM-Newton instruments cross-calibration with SASv7.1 Dec 2010  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0062 Health and cleanliness of the XMM-Newton science payload since launch Aug 2005 SPIE 5898-29
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0061 Crab: the standard X-ray candle with all (modern) X-ray satellites Aug 2005 SPIE 5898-3
XMM-PS-GM-20 Calibration Access and Data Handbook May 2011 Detailed description of calibration data files & algorithms for processing ODF's with SAS 11.0. Online Handbook available
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0055 XMM-Newton (cross) calibration SPIE paper 2004 Jun 2004  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0045 Timing accuracy and capabilities of XMM-Newton Feb 2004 Paper on timing capabilities of the diverse XMM-Newton instruments
XMM-CAL-TN-25 Procedures for updating CCF components Aug 2002 CCF release procedure and interaction with SAS CCB 
XMM-SOC-CAL-MIN-0002 Minutes of first Radiation Workshop (29-11-2000 to 1-12-2000) Dec 2000  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0014 Evaluation of Tests of SIAM version 7 during Revolution 185 Dec 2000  


X-Ray Telescopes Specific

Document Reference Title Date Comments
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0054 In-orbit Vignetting Calibrations of XMM-Newton Telescopes Mar 2004  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0029 In flight calibration of the PSF for the PN camera Jun 2002  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0022 In flight calibration of the PSF for the MOS1 and MOS2 cameras Oct 2001  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0011
(CEA/SACLAY SAp)
In-flight vignetting calibration of the MOS cameras Aug 2000 In-orbit verification of the telescope + grating vignetting function. 
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0009
(SPIE 2000b)
In-orbit calibration of the XMM-Newton Telescopes Jul 2000 In-orbit calibration status of the X-ray Telescopes. 
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0005
SPIE 2000a)
Imaging performance of the XMM-Newton X-ray Telescopes Feb 2000 In-orbit assessment of the X-ray Telescopes PSFs 
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0003
(SPIE 1998b)
Calibration of the XMM Flight Mirror Modules - Effective area Jul 1998 Effective area ground calibration of the first X-ray Telescope. 
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0002
(SPIE 1998a)
Calibration of the XMM Flight Mirror Modules - Image Quality Jul 1998 PSF ground calibration of the first X-ray Telescope.


European Photon Imaging Camera (EPIC) Specific

Document Reference Title Date Comments
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0193 Status of the EPIC thin and medium filters on-board XMM-Newton after more than 10 years of operation: II - analysis of in-flight data Aug 2013  
XMM-SOC-USR-TN-0020 EPIC "calibration+science" exposures: how to deal with them? Jul 2013  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0184 Testing epspatialcti on clusters of galaxies Jan 2013  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0096 The stability of the EPIC-pn camera Nov 2012 Based on a regular monitoring of RXJ1856-3754
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0084 Evaluation of pile-up thresholds in the EPIC-MOS cameras Aug 2012 Based on the fraction of diagonal events
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0200 Pile-up thresholds for the EPIC cameras Dec 2013 Aligned to SAS v13.5
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2011, 534, 34 A New Comprehensive 2-D Model of the Point Spread Functions of the XMM-Newton EPIC Telescopes Oct 2011 Description of the PSF ELLBETA model
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0018 EPIC status of calibration and data analysis Sep 2014 Summary of EPIC calibration status
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0083 Spectral calibration accuracy in EPIC-pn fast modes Jan 2014 Aligned to SAS v13.5
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0082 Accuracy of energy reconstruction in EPIC-MOS Timing Mode Apr 2009 Aligned to SAS v8.0
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2009, 496, 879 Statistical evaluation of the flux cross-calibration of the XMM-Newton EPIC cameras Mar 2009 Based on 2XMM catalogue sources
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0051 PN Optical Loading Jul 2008 Systematic analysis of optical loading in EPIC-PN
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0073 Bright source X-ray spectroscopy with XMM-Newton: A modified EPIC-pn Timing mode Jun 2007 Performaces and calibration of the Modified Timing Mode
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0069 The XMM-Newton view of the Crab Jul 2006 Guidance for data reduction in EPIC pn-Burst mode
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0068 The EPIC pn-CCD detector aboard XMM-Newton: Status of the background calibration May 2006 Freyberg et al., SPIE 5165-13
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0067 The XMM-Newton EPIC pn Camera: Spectral and temporal properties of the internal background May 2006 Freyberg et al., "New visions of the X-ray Universe" Symposium
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0066 The XMM-Newton EPIC pn Camera: Spatial distribution of the internal background fluorescence lines May 2006 Freyberg et al., "New visions of the X-ray Universe" Symposium
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0064 Effect of soft flares on XMM-Newton EPIC-pn timing mode data Mar 2006 Calibration of a method implemented in the SAS task epreject
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0081 Comparison of EPIC-pn ground-based and in-orbit calibration measurements Jun 2005 Freyberg et al., 2005, MPE Report 288, 159
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0070 Improving XMM-Newton EPIC-pn at low energies: method & application to the Vela SNR Jul 2004 Calibration of a method implemented in the SAS task epreject
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0050 PN X-ray Loading May 2013 Systematic analysis of X-ray loading in EPIC-PN
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0043 MOS optical loading Nov 2003 Systematic analysis of optical loading in EPIC-MOS
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0036 Assessing the EPIC spectral calibration in the hard band with a 3C 273 observation Mar 2003 Out-of-date. However, it includes a method for pile-up correction
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0022 In flight calibration of the PSF for the MOS1 and MOS2 cameras Oct 2001 MEDIUM PSF calibration
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2001, 365, L27 The European Photon Imaging Camera on XMM-Newton: The MOS cameras Jan 2001 User-level description of the EPIC-MOS camera
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2001, 365, L18 The European Photon Imaging Camera on XMM-Newton: The pn-CCD camera Jan 2001 User-level description of the EPIC-pn camera
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0001 PHS Tools EPIC Optical Loading Nov 2000 Calculation of effects of optical stray light on the EPIC energy scale calibration
XMM-PS-TN-38 Transmission of the RGA - A Simulation with SciSim Oct 2000 Transmission through the RGA to EPIC as a function of energy
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0012
(EPIC SPIE2000)
In-orbit calibration activities of XMM-Newton EPIC Cameras Aug 2000 Original in-orbit calibration requirements
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0007
(EPIC MOS Orsay v1.2)
EPIC MOS Ground Calibration Description Mar 2000 EPIC MOS Ground Calibration Campaign
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0008
(EPIC PN Orsay v1.1)
EPIC PNFM1 Ground Calibration at Orsay Mar 2000 EPIC PN Ground Calibration Campaign
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0006
(EPIC LUX RE 170)
EPIC MOS CCD RMF Description Feb 2000 EPIC-MOS RMF Functional Form
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0004
(EPIC LUX RE 166)
EPIC MOS CCD Gain Relation Nov 1999 EPIC-MOS gain correction algorithm
   Background-related documents are available under the Background Analysis portal.
   Presentations held at the EPIC Calibration Meetings can be found here.


Reflection Grating Spectrometer (RGS) Specific

Document Reference Title Date Comments
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0192 Wavelength control of bad surface features in the RGS Aug 2013  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0089 An investigation into RGS-pn rectification May 2010 Assessment of the differences between RGS and EPIC-pn spectral models
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0086 RGS small window mode Jun 2010 Pile-up mitigation in a new RGS mode
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0087 RGS Diagnostic Trend Analysis Report 2009 Dec 2009  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0186 Comparison of tools for the analysis of extended RGS sources Oct 2008  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0030 Status of the RGS calibration Jul 2014 General user document on calibration and data analysis status
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0080 Alignment of the RGS1 and RGS2 wavelength axes Apr 2008 Comparison of wavelength measurements by the two spectrometers
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0079 A survey of lines in coronal sources for the RGS wavelength scale Dec 2007 Global multiple-line models of line-rich coronae
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0063 RGS blazar spectra and prospects for an Effective Area correction Oct 2004 RGS response to smooth power-law continuum sources
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0058 Templates for the RGS background Nov 2004 Synthesising RGS model backgrounds from blank fields especially for extended sources
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0046 System Offsets using diagnostics images Aug 2003  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0041 RGS Wavelength Scale Jul 2003 Measurements of lines of coronal X-ray sources are used to establish the accuracy of the RGS wavelength scale
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0024 RGS Status of calibration and data analysis Jan 2002 General user top level document on calibration and data analysis status
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0021 Confirmation of the RGA Self-vignetting Function by a Simulation by SciSim Oct 2001  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0020 First Results from the Monitoring of the RGS Wavelength Scale Aug 2001  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0017 Status of the RGS response Jun 2001  
XMM-PS-TN-38 Transmission of the RGA - A Simulation with SciSim Oct 2000 Transmission through the RGA to EPIC as a function of energy
See also the web pages at SRON and Columbia University for more documents.


Optical Monitor (OM) Specific

Document Reference Title Date Comments
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0033 Calibration Observations using OM  Apr 2005 List of observations 
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0019 Calibration of the XMM-Newton Optical/UV Monitor Telescope (OM) Jan 2011 Status of calibrations 
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0015 Photometric Accuracy of the Optical Monitor  Jan 2001  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0013
(OM A&A)
OM Instrument Paper Nov 2000 OM instrument paper with inflight performance and status of calibration 

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