Thursday, April 24, 2008

xselect: Chandra response generation

Overhauled the response generation option on "save spec" for Chandra ACIS data. I added an extended? parameter to specify whether the source is a point source or not. For a point source the arf is created using mkarf, and for an extended source mkwarf is used. The rmf is generated using mkrmf or mkacisrmf depending on whether CTI correction has been performed. The script checks keywords in the spectrum to determine which is appropriate. Note that to find some of the auxiliary files required xselect should be being run in either main directory for the dataset or in a directory one level down (eg secondary).

Note that I also modified the FITS region extension written by extractor so that the EXTNAME is REGION and EXTVER is used to track multiple extensions. This is a change from an EXTNAME of REG001## and is made to conform with the CXC standard defined by McDowell & Rots. There may be an issue here is XMM-Newton SAS routines are expecting the REG001## names.

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