The ATHENA WFI science products module

David Nelson Burrows, Steven Allen, Marshall Bautz, Esra Bulbul, Julia Erdley, Abraham David Falcone, Stanislav Fort, Catherine E. Grant, Sven Herrmann, Jamie A. Kennea, Robert Klar, Ralph Kraft, Adam Mantz, Eric D. Miller, Paul Nulsen, Steve Persyn, Pragati Pradhan, Dan Wilkins

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Abstract

The Science Products Module (SPM), a US contribution to the Athena Wide Field Imager, is a highly capable secondary CPU that performs special processing on the science data stream. The SPM will have access to both accepted X-ray events and those that were rejected by the on-board event recognition processing. It will include two software modules. The Transient Analysis Module will perform on-board processing of the science images to identify and characterize variability of the prime target and/or detection of serendipitous transient X-ray sources in the field of view. The Background Analysis Module will perform more sophisticated flagging of potential background events as well as improved background characterization, making use of data that are not telemetered to the ground, to provide improved background maps and spectra. We present the preliminary design of the SPM hardware as well as a brief overview of the software algorithms under development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
EditorsShouleh Nikzad, Jan-Willem A. Den Herder, Kazuhiro Nakazawa
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Print)9781510619517
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume10699
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period6/10/186/15/18

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modules
Module
products
Processing
X rays
Image sensors
Transient analysis
Program processors
computer programs
Hardware
Transient Analysis
Software
Wide-field
Imager
Data Streams
Field of View
field of view
hardware
x rays
Target

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Burrows, D. N., Allen, S., Bautz, M., Bulbul, E., Erdley, J., Falcone, A. D., ... Wilkins, D. (2018). The ATHENA WFI science products module. In S. Nikzad, J-W. A. Den Herder, & K. Nakazawa (Eds.), Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray [106991J] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 10699). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312785
Burrows, David Nelson ; Allen, Steven ; Bautz, Marshall ; Bulbul, Esra ; Erdley, Julia ; Falcone, Abraham David ; Fort, Stanislav ; Grant, Catherine E. ; Herrmann, Sven ; Kennea, Jamie A. ; Klar, Robert ; Kraft, Ralph ; Mantz, Adam ; Miller, Eric D. ; Nulsen, Paul ; Persyn, Steve ; Pradhan, Pragati ; Wilkins, Dan. / The ATHENA WFI science products module. Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray. editor / Shouleh Nikzad ; Jan-Willem A. Den Herder ; Kazuhiro Nakazawa. SPIE, 2018. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering).
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The ATHENA WFI science products module. / Burrows, David Nelson; Allen, Steven; Bautz, Marshall; Bulbul, Esra; Erdley, Julia; Falcone, Abraham David; Fort, Stanislav; Grant, Catherine E.; Herrmann, Sven; Kennea, Jamie A.; Klar, Robert; Kraft, Ralph; Mantz, Adam; Miller, Eric D.; Nulsen, Paul; Persyn, Steve; Pradhan, Pragati; Wilkins, Dan.

Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray. ed. / Shouleh Nikzad; Jan-Willem A. Den Herder; Kazuhiro Nakazawa. SPIE, 2018. 106991J (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 10699).

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Burrows DN, Allen S, Bautz M, Bulbul E, Erdley J, Falcone AD et al. The ATHENA WFI science products module. In Nikzad S, Den Herder J-WA, Nakazawa K, editors, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray. SPIE. 2018. 106991J. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312785