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Objectives

XMM-Newton is the most sensitive X-ray observatory ever put in space. Its high quality focusing mirrors and battery of instruments enable it to achieve the following:

  • Investigate spectra of cosmic X-ray sources with a limiting flux of 10-15 erg cm-2 s-1
  • Perform sensitive medium-resolution spectroscopy with resolving powers between 150 and 800 over the wavelength band 5 - 35 Å (350 - 2500 eV)
  • Broad band imaging spectroscopy from 150 eV to 15 keV (0.8 - 80 Å)
  • Simultaneous sensitive coverage of the wavelength band 1700 to 6500 Å through a dedicated co-aligned optical monitor


Last Update: 08 July 2011

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