Proper reduction of ROSAT observations of extended sources or the diffuse background requires techniques that are quite different from the standard point-source analysis. We describe in detail an appropriate set of procedures for this purpose for the X-ray Telescope, Position Sensitive Proportional Counter. We define a standard set of pulse-height bands recommended for analyzing extended structure and describe the use of detector efficiency maps for proper flat-fielding of images. Sources of noncosmic background contamination and their modeling and subtraction are discussed and demonstrated. IDL routines for implementing these data reduction procedures are being made available to the community through the ROSAT IDL library maintained at Goddard Space Flight Center.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science