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Paper: Simulation and Fitting of Multi-Dimensional X-ray Data
Volume: 411, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XVIII
Page: 234
Authors: Dewey, D.; Noble, M.S.
Abstract: Astronomical data generally consists of 2 or more high-resolution axes, e.g. X and Y coordinates on the sky or wavelength and position along one axis (long-slit spectrometer). Analyzing these multi-dimension observations requires combining 3D source models (including velocity effects), instrument models, and multi-dimensional data comparison and fitting. A prototype of such a “Beyond XSPEC” (Noble & Nowak (2008)) system is presented here using Chandra imaging and dispersed HETG grating data. Techniques used include: Monte Carlo event generation, chi-squared comparison, conjugate gradient fitting adapted to the Monte Carlo characteristics, and informative visualizations at each step. These simple baby steps of progress only scratch the surface of the computational potential that is available these days for astronomical analysis.
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