Status of the EPIC thin and medium filters on-board XMM-Newton after more than 10 years of operation I: laboratory measurements on back-up filters

Luisa Sciortino, Gianpiero Buscarino, Marco Barbera, Simonpietro Agnello, Fabio Gastaldello, Ugo Lo Cicero, Nicola La Palombara, Andrea Tiengo, Anna Maria Venezia, Salvatore Varisco, Alfonso Collura, Marco Barbera

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Abstract

After more than ten years of operation of the EPIC camera on board the X-ray observatory XMM-Newton, we have reviewed the status of its Thin and Medium filters by performing both laboratory measurements on back-up filters, and analysis of data collected in-flight. We have selected a set of Thin and Medium back-up filters among those still available in the EPIC consortium, and have started a program to investigate their status by different laboratory measurements including: UV/VIS transmission, X-ray transmission, RAMAN IR spectroscopy, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, and Atomic Force Microscopy. We report the results of the measurements conducted up to now, and point out some lessons learned for the development and calibration programs of filters for X-ray detectors in future Astronomy missions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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