Volume 411, Number 1, November III 2003
Special letters issue on: first science with integral
|Page(s)||L197 - L201|
|Published online||17 November 2003|
Letter to the Editor
In-flight performance of the IBIS calibration unit*
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
2 Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, IASF/CNR, Rome, Italy
3 Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, IASF/CNR, Sezione di Palermo, Palermo, Italy
4 Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, IASF/CNR, Sezione di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Corresponding author: A. J. Bird, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 4 August 2003
We describe the in-flight performance of the on-board calibration unit for the IBIS telescope on INTEGRAL. Both intrinsic performance and the quality of the calibration signals provided to the IBIS detector planes are discussed. The calibration unit intrinsic performance is assessed based on the diagnostic information in IBIS housekeeping. The flux of tagged photons, i.e. those arriving at the detector planes in coincidence with a calibration strobe, is assessed from in-flight data, and analysed in conjunction with a detailed simulation. Proposed usage of the tagged photon flux is discussed, and the expected calibration accuracy derived. The effect on science data from untagged calibration unit photons is assessed based on the predicted rate and distribution of such photons.
Key words: INTEGRAL / gamma-ray / calibration
© ESO, 2003
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