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Paper: The BeppoSAX Low-Energy Concentrator Spectrometer Archive at the Space Science Department of ESA
Volume: 216, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems IX
Page: 176
Authors: Werger, M.; Bennett, K.; Hazell, A.; O'Mullane, W.; Oosterbroek, T.; Parmar, A.
Abstract: The Astrophysics Division of the European Space Agency (ESA) has developed a data analysis and archive system in order to provide scientific products of a consistent quality for the BeppoSAX Mission. The archive is principally used as a tool to support the calibration of the Low-Energy Concentrator Spectrometer (LECS) instrument - supplied by the Astrophysics Division - onboard BeppoSAX. This is an imaging X-ray detector sensitive in the energy range 0.1-10 keV with an energy resolution of 9% at 6 keV, and a 40' diameter circular field of view. The spatial resolution is around 1.5' full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) and the finest time resolution available is 16 microseconds. With minimal operator intervention, all data handling and reduction tasks for the archive are performed in an integrated manner on a daily basis. We show the user interface, the set-up of the pipeline, and the data archive. All three components contain elements common to other scientific missions of the Astrophysics Division. While some parts are specific to the particular database system used, or to the LECS energy range, the overall design may serve as a template for future data archives.
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