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First Results from XMM-Newton
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Volume 365, Number 1, January I 2001
First Results from XMM-Newton
Page(s) L36 - L44
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20000044

A&A 365, L36-L44 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20000044

The XMM-Newton optical/UV monitor telescope

K. O. Mason1, A. Breeveld1, R. Much2, M. Carter1, F. A. Cordova3, M. S. Cropper1, J. Fordham4, H. Huckle1, C. Ho5, H. Kawakami1, J. Kennea3, T. Kennedy1, J. Mittaz1, D. Pandel3, W. C. Priedhorsky5, T. Sasseen3, R. Shirey3, P. Smith1 and J.-M. Vreux6.

1  Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6NT, UK
2  Astrophysics Division, Space Science Department of ESA, PO Box 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
3  Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA
4  Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London, UK
5  Los Alamos National Laboratory, PO Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
6  Institut d'Astrophysique et de Géophysique, Université de Liège, 5 avenue de Cointe, 4000-Liège, Belgium

(Received 2 October 2000 / Accepted 20 October 2000)

The XMM-OM instrument extends the spectral coverage of the XMM-Newton observatory into the ultraviolet and optical range. It provides imaging and time-resolved data on targets simultaneously with observations in the EPIC and RGS. It also has the ability to track stars in its field of view, thus providing an improved post-facto aspect solution for the spacecraft. An overview of the XMM-OM and its operation is given, together with current information on the performance of the instrument.

Key words: space vehicles: instruments -instrumentation: detectors -ultraviolet: general

Offprint request: K. O. Mason, kom@mssl.ucl.ac.uk

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