Add Grating Spectra and Average ARFs
CIAO 4.6 Science Threads
The add_grating_spectra script adds two grating spectra and averages the associated ARFs. The output spectrum can be grouped if desired. It can be used, for example, to add spectra of sources from different observations.
To create coadded grating spectra and ARFs for ACIS/HETG, ACIS/LETG, or HRC/LETG observational data.
- Analysis Guide for Chandra High Resolution Spectroscopy: an in-depth discussion of grating analysis.
Last Update: 25 Nov 2013 - Review for CIAO 4.6. No changes.
- Get Started
- Run add_grating_spectra
- Parameter files:
Download the sample data: 459 (HETG/ACIS-S, 3C 273); 2463 (HETG/ACIS-S, 3C 273)
unix% ls 2463_MEG_1.arf 459_MEG_1.arf 2463_MEG_1_NONE.pha 459_MEG_1_NONE.pha
Both observations must have been taken with the same instrumental configuration:
The files used here were created with the Extract Coadded and Grouped Nth-Order Source & Background Spectra and ARFs thread.
The RMF files for the observations should not be summed, and so they must be considered before adding the spectra together.
If the data being used are all near on-axis (as they usually are for gratings), then the RMFs made for one observation can be used for the summed spectrum file.
If RMFs are different enough to matter, then the spectra should not be summed at all. Analyze the spectra simultaneously instead. Note that RMFs are nearly indistinguishable for ACIS/HETG, but they might differ near plate boundaries for LETG data.
Note: The combine_grating_spectra script does combine input RMFs when associated ARFs are also available (it writes an ARF- and exposure-weighted summed RMF), however the caveats listed above still apply.
The script executes the following tools in order:
- dmtcalc: to rename columns and perform math on them in temporary PHA and ARF files.
- dmpaste: to merge the final columns into the output PHA and ARF files.
- dmgroup: to group the final PHA file.
- dmhedit: to update header keywords of the output files.
In this example, we are summing together the first-order MEG arms of HETG spectra and the corresponding gARFs:
unix% punlearn add_grating_spectra unix% pset add_grating_spectra pha1=2463_MEG_1_NONE.pha unix% pset add_grating_spectra pha2=459_MEG_1_NONE.pha unix% pset add_grating_spectra garf1=2463_MEG_1.arf unix% pset add_grating_spectra garf2=459_MEG_1.arf unix% pset add_grating_spectra gtype=BIN unix% pset add_grating_spectra gspec=10 unix% pset add_grating_spectra root=3C273_summed unix% add_grating_spectra First input PHA spectrum (2463_MEG_1_NONE.pha): Second input PHA spectrum (459_MEG_1_NONE.pha): First input ARF (2463_MEG_1.arf): Second input ARF (459_MEG_1.arf): Root name for output files (3C273_summed): Input pha1 file is: 2463_MEG_1_NONE.pha (INSTRUMENT=ACIS-MEG, ORDER=1) Input pha2 file is: 459_MEG_1_NONE.pha (INSTRUMENT=ACIS-MEG, ORDER=1) Using ACIS-MEG grating ARF order 1: 2463_MEG_1.arf Using ACIS-MEG grating ARF order 1: 459_MEG_1.arf The root filename for the output files is: 3C273_summed Exposure(2463_MEG_1_NONE.pha) = 26688.950683895 Exposure(459_MEG_1_NONE.pha) = 38663.461139311 New Exposure = 65352.411823206 BACKSCUP(2463_MEG_1_NONE.pha) = 4.50 BACKSCDN(2463_MEG_1_NONE.pha) = 4.50 BACKSCUP(459_MEG_1_NONE.pha) = 4.50 BACKSCDN(459_MEG_1_NONE.pha) = 4.50 New BACKSCUP = 4.50 New BACKSCDN = 4.50 ACIS-MEG 3C273_summed_ACIS-MEG_1.pha will be grouped by 10 = .0500000000 Angstrom The output spectrum is named 3C273_summed_ACIS-MEG_1_BIN10.pha The Averaged Effective Area is named 3C273_summed_ACIS-MEG_1.arf
The content of the parameter file may be checked using plist add_grating_spectra.
The thread is now complete. The output containing the summed counts from both input PHA files is 3C273_summed_ACIS-MEG_1_BIN10.pha; the averaged effective area is named 3C273_summed_ACIS-MEG_1.arf.
To load this data into Sherpa:
sherpa> load_data("3C273_summed_ACIS-MEG_1_BIN10.pha") sherpa> load_arf("3C273_summed_ACIS-MEG_1.arf")
See the Introduction to Fitting PHA Spectra thread for more information.
Parameters for /home/username/cxcds_param/add_grating_spectra.par pha1 = 2463_MEG_1_NONE.pha First input PHA spectrum pha2 = 459_MEG_1_NONE.pha Second input PHA spectrum garf1 = 2463_MEG_1.arf First input ARF garf2 = 459_MEG_1.arf Second input ARF root = 3C273_summed Root name for output files (gtype = BIN) Spectrum grouping type (gspec = 10) Spectrum grouping specs (NONE,10,etc) (clobber = no) Clobber existing output files? (verbose = 0) Debug Level(0-5) (mode = ql)
|14 Dec 2004||updated for CIAO 3.2: created Downloading add_grating_spectra section|
|06 Dec 2005||reviewed for CIAO 3.3: no changes|
|01 Dec 2006||reviewed for CIAO 3.4: no changes|
|04 Feb 2008||updated for CIAO 4.0: add_grating_spectra v3.4 (several broken Unix "tail" commands were replaced with the CIAO tool dmkeypar); links point to Sherpa Beta website|
|30 May 2008||add_grating_spectra v3.6 (Unix head and tail commands replaced by pget and dmkeypar)|
|06 Jun 2008||added How to handle the RMFs section|
|12 Feb 2009||updated for CIAO 4.1: minor change to exposure value in screen output, due to file reprocessing|
|06 May 2009||check the version of the CIAO scripts package instead of the individual script|
|14 Jan 2009||updated for CIAO 4.2: ObsID 459 file versions and corresponding minor changes to screen output|
|12 Jan 2011||reviewed for CIAO 4.3: no changes|
|09 Jan 2012||reviewed for CIAO 4.4: no changes|
|03 Dec 2012||Review for CIAO 4.5; no changes|
|25 Nov 2013||Review for CIAO 4.6. No changes.|