BiRD: A Browsing Interface for RGS Data

Rosario González-Riestra and Pedro M. Rodríguez-Pascual

XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, ESAC


BiRD is a browsing and visualization tool for XMM-Newton RGS fluxed spectra. It allows the user to browse and examine the data before downloading them from the XSA for full analysis.

The BiRD interface makes possible to select spectra through a variety of parameters, such as (e.g.) date of observation, level of exposure or type of object.

It also provides some basic visualization utilities, both for the RGS spectra and spectral images, as well as for the EPIC-pn images taken in parallel.

Some useful links

Processing Details

ODFs have been downloaded from the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA) and processed with SAS.

Additional Information available in BiRD

In addition to the spectra themselves, the BiRD interface provides other information that might be useful for the interpretation of the data: