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GCN Circular 4313

Subject
Swift XRT positions
Date
2005-12-08T22:41:03Z (18 years ago)
From
David Burrows at PSU/Swift <dxb15@psu.edu>
L. Angelini (GSFC), J. E. Hill (USRA/GSFC), A. Moretti, G. Chincarini 
(OAB), D. N. Burrows, J. A. Kennea, J. Racusin (PSU), and J. Osborne (U. 
Leicester) report on behalf of the Swift XRT team:

A new TELDEF file has been implemented in the Swift Science Data Center 
(SDC) pipeline processing for the XRT data.  This new file implements a 
correction for the XRT boresight (see Moretti et al. 2005, astroph/0511604; 
also see J. Hill 
2005, 
http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/heasarc/caldb/swift/docs/xrt/SWIFT-XRT-CALDB-06_v2.pdf), 
shifting it by about 4 arcseconds from the previous boresight.  The result 
is a more accurate assignment of sky positions to all XRT photons, which 
improves the average XRT 90% confidence error circle radius for source 
detections by a factor of two, from about 6.5 arcseconds to between 3 and 4 
arcseconds (note that the error circle radius for a particular target 
depends on the photon statistics for that target).  All data processed at 
the SDC after 15:00 Eastern Standard Time on 2 December 2005 use the new 
boresight definition.

CALDB has been updated and the new TELDEF is included in the latest tar 
file available at

  ftp://legacy.gsfc.nasa.gov/caldb/data/swift/xrt/goodfiles_swift_xrt.tar.Z

  This CALDB release is tagged 20051201.

A similar change will be made on-board to the parameters used to determine 
on-board source centroids in the near future.  We will send out a GCN 
Circular announcing that change once it has been implemented.
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