XMM-Newton Science Analysis System: User Guide


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1.2 More information on the web

It is assumed that the SAS user is familiar with the basic characteristics and operation modes of the scientific instruments on board XMM-Newton. This information is available in the XMM-Newton User Handbook [3].

Another important document is the XMM-Newton Data File Handbook [27], which provides a detailed description on the format, structure and content of the XMM-Newton files distributed to users from the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA) [4].

Detailed descriptions of individual SAS tasks can be accessed in several ways: through the SAS on-line documentation web page [6], by passing the -m option when running a particular SAS task, or by clicking the "Help Task" button of the (main) SAS Graphical User Interface (GUI), discussed in detail in § 3.

Some of the analysis procedures described in this guide are also applied and explained in the SAS Analysis Threads [30] web pages.

Last, issues concerning SAS and XMM-Newton data analysis are reported in the SAS watchout pages, along with recommended workarounds and/or solutions, and useful tricks and tips:

http://xmm.esac.esa.int/sas/current/watchout/


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