Does BACKSCAL take into account
all the "blank areas" in a spectrum extraction region?
EPIC X-ray spectra are expressed
in counts per spectral channel. Spectral fitting programs
such as XSPEC apply the proper renormalization to
the background spectra, using the value of the BACKSCAL
keyword in the header of the spectral file(s). The
backscale calculates the BACKSCAL value.
backscale is automatically run, when a spectrum is extracted
Users must be aware that the current implementation of
backscale employs the full area of the spectrum extraction region,
(known) bad pixels/columns. Other effects, such as:
are also taken into account.
- the edge of the field of view
- windowing selections, e.g.
the reduced central CCD area in small window mode
- any CCD selection used while extracting the spectrum, e.g.
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November 18, 2006