Table of Content

  1. Introduction
    1. MECS interactive map
    2. The response matrix : introduction
      1. Calibration data contributing to the redistribution matrix
      2. Calibration data contributing to the overall effective area
    3. Calibration data used in event linearization
    4. Other calibration data
    5. MECS background
  2. The MECS components
    1. Mirror Unit
      1. The mirrors
      2. The spider
      3. The Plasma suppression grid
    2. Detector Unit
      1. The ion shield and UV filter
      2. The gas cell
        1. The calibration sources
        2. The Be window
        3. The drift region
        4. The scintillation region
      3. The Photo Multiplier Tube
    3. Electronics Unit
      1. Front End Electronics
      2. Event Processor
      3. Communication Processor
  3. Principles of operation of the ME-GSPC
  4. The MECS calibration parameters
    1. Mirror effective area
      1. On-axis area
      2. Vignetting correction
      3. Infinity correction
      4. Focal length
      5. Misalignments
    2. Plasma suppression grid transmission
    3. Filter transmission
    4. Calibration source parameters
    5. Beryllium window transmission
    6. Detector quantum efficiency
      1. Drift region
      2. Scintillation region
    7. Detector resolution
      1. Gaussian component
      2. Low energy tail
    8. Escape fractions
    9. Linearization coefficients
    10. MECS gain
      1. Gain coefficients
      2. Positional dependency
      3. Time (Temperature) dependency
      4. Absolute reference
      5. The channel boundaries
    11. The Point Spread Function
      1. The PSF of the Mirror Units
      2. The PSF of the Detector
      3. PSF correction factor
    12. Burst Length corrections
  5. Symbols and quantities used in formulae
  6. References

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