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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
CAL-URD-0001.pdf XMM-Newton Calibration Requirements Jun 2015  
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
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2014, 571, A76 XMM-Newton observations reveal the disappearance of the wind in 4U 1630-47 Nov 2014 Appendix A: Estimate of the systematic uncertainties on the calibration of the EPIC-pn effective area
Astronomy and Astrophysics, 564, 75 Cross-calibration of the XMM-Newton EPIC pn and MOS on-axis effective areas using 2XMM sources Apr 2014 Aligned to SASv12
MNRAS, 2014, 445, 3745 Testing rate-dependent corrections on timing mode EPIC-pn spectra of the accreting neutron star GX 13+1 Oct 2014 Validation of the EPIC-pn Timing Mode RDPHA calibration
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 Nov 2014 Aligned to SAS v14.0
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
A&A, 2015, 573, p.128 Calibration and in-orbit performance of the Reflection Grating Spectrometer onboard XMM-Newton Jan 2015  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0030 Status of the RGS calibration Jul 2014 General user document on calibration status
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0202 RGS Diagnostic Trend Analysis Report 2013 Feb 2014 Evolution of system peak and hot pixels
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0192 Wavelength control of bad surface features in the RGS Aug 2013 Avoiding instrumental features at specific wavelengths
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0098 The accuracy of the RGS Wavelength Scale Apr 2012  
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 RGS Small Window mode
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0159 Stability of the RGS effective area Jan 2010 Contamination model
A&A, 2009, 497, p.291 Effective area calibration of the Reflection Grating Spectrometers of XMM-Newton. I. X-ray spectroscopy of the Crab nebula Apr 2009  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0079 The RGS Wavelength scale Jul 2008 A survey of lines in coronal sources for the RGS wavelength scale;
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0075 Pile-up in RGS spectra Sep 2007 How to identify pile-up in RGS spectra
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 Pixel-by-pixel offsets
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0150 Dithering RGS observations Aug 2003 RGS Multi-pointing mode
A&A, 2003, 404, p.959 The interstellar oxygen-K absorption edge as observed by XMM-Newton. Separation of instrumental and interstellar components Jun 2003  
XMM-SOC-CAL-TN-0149 Monitoring RGS contamination May 2003  
A&A, 2001,365, p.7 The Reflection Grating Spectrometer on board XMM-Newton Jan 2001 User-level description of the RGS
See also the web page at SRON 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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