XMM-Newton Data Analysis at Birmingham


XMM at Birmingham

XMM-Newton is an X-ray astrophysics observatory built by the European Space Agency, and launched in December 1999. The Space Research Group at Birmingham was involved in the development of the European Photon Imaging camera (EPIC), which is one of the three scientific instruments on XMM. This work included control of the thermal design of the EPIC camera heads, design and manufacture the radiators for EPIC, and design and manufacture of a number of mechanical components.

The Birmingham Extragalactic Group is performing detailed analysis of observations made by XMM-Newton, as part of a multi wavelength study of cosmic structures. Follow the links below to see some of the results from this research, and the analysis methods used. If you are a part of our group hit this link to get to our updated XMM pages.

Science From XMM-Newton
Highlights of the group's recent work with
XMM on galaxies, groups and clusters
Data Analysis Guide and Scripts
A step by step guide to analysisng XMM data
Download scripts to perform data analysis
XMM-Newton Background Analysis
A guide to the analysis and subtraction of
the background in XMM data
Useful Links
Other XMM sites
Research at Birmingham
The links above are rather dated although some of Ben's scripts may still be useful, at least as a guide to programming in C-shell, and the basics for setting up pipelines to extract images/profiles etc. from various events lists. The following link will contain links to find Rowan Temple's scripts, with some useful discussion on a few of the more important ones. I will also be putting some results obtained from my study of the X-ray background at this location so that some of the work does not need to be redone.
David Stops
Last modified: Tue Jul 13 10:20:01 BST 2010