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CalDB PUBLIC Release Notes
Effective Date: (UTC) 2009-07-07T16:00:00
SDP Installation Date: 2009-07-13T14:15:00
Public Release Date: 07 July 2009
Version: 4.1.3
Release Type: PUBLIC

I. Introduction

CaldB 4.1.3 is an upgrade to all previous CalDB4 versions 4.1.x. It includes the following upgrades:
Only the new ACIS T_GAIN affects current observations and processing in any immediate way. See the technical details (Section III below) for information about how the other changes may affect certain analyses.

User Documentation:
"How CalDB 4.1.3 Affects Your Analysis"

II. Summary of Changes

A. ACIS T_GAIN Epoch 37

LOCATION: $CALDB/data/chandra/acis/t_gain/
FILENAMES: acisD2008-11-01t_gainN0005.fits

The Epoch 37 (Feb-Apr 2009) have now been released as indicated above; hence the Epoch 36 interpolations (the 2008-11-01 filenames above, applicable for observation dates Nov 2008 through Jan 2009) are now finalized. The previous epoch N0002 files have been demoted to "BAD" status, though they are still in the circulation with the CalDB, just in case they are needed for comparison to earlier analyses. See the Tech Details below for information on the degree of effect versus energy that the new corrections will have on your particular ACIS datasets. These new files will only affect data with DATE-OBS after 2008-11-01T00:00:00. All earlier data are unaffected by this change.

Users analyzing observations with DATE_OBS later than 2008-11-01 are encouraged to reprocess their Level 1 events data through Level 2, to verify whether or not their previous analysis results are at all affected by these new data. The plots in Tech Details section III.A give some a priory indications of how these data will affect them.

Pipes/Tools affected:
SDP/CIAO tool acis_process_events

Threads affected:
Any thread that employs acis_process_events with the parameter apply_tgain set to "yes", which is the default state. Specifically,
"Reprocessing to create a new (ACIS) L2 events file"

B. Removal of the CTI_APP boundary condition from the ACIS CTI files

LOCATION: $CALDB/data/chandra/acis/cti/
FILENAMES: acisD2000-01-29ctiN0005.fits

It has been brought to my attention that an unfortunate behavior of acis_process_events has been occurring with the use of CIAO 4.1 and the new CalDB4 setup. Specifically the presence of the CTI_APP boundary condition with each of the above CTI files causes a-p-e to slip into a NO-CTI AVAILABLE state when a user removes the CTI corrections, and it becomes non-trivial to reapply the CTI corrections should they wish to do so. We remove this quirk by removing the CTI_APP boundary condition from the file headers of the four files above, provided the CAL_QUAL values are adjusted to allow the N0006 files to be preferred. We are releasing this change with CalDB 4.1.3.

Pipes/Tools affected:
CIAO tool acis_process_events

Threads affected:
"Reprocessing to create a new (ACIS) L2 events file"

C. Correction of the CTI_APP boundary condition in three ACIS -100C BKGRND files

LOCATION: $CALDB/data/chandra/acis/bkgrnd/
FILENAMES: acis6sD1999-08-12bkgrndN0002.fits

A helpdesk question was submitted in May 2009 regarding selection of one of the three -100C ACIS blank-sky background files, and at that point I discovered an error in three of the BKGRND file headers, listed above. The CTI_APP boundary condition was misset for these three files dating from earlier in the program. They went unnoticed in CalDB 3.5.x because the INDEX file listings had been corrected separately, and the file headers were thereafter ignored. With the build of the new CalDB 4 setup, the errors became effectual again. In this release, the CTI_APP boundary condition values have been corrected. Specifically, CTI_APP='NNNNNNNNNN' for all three of these files.

III. Technical Details

A. ACIS T_GAIN Epoch 37

The total corrections versus photon energy for epoch 37 files, in eV, are given in the figures below, for the ACIS-I and ACIS-S aimpoint positions specifically. We note here that corrections a various points across the chip surface may be rather different, even very significantly so, from these results.

Fig. 1: Comparison of the total change in eV due to the Epoch 35, 36, and 37 T_GAIN files, for the I3 aimpoint. The red curve is for Epoch 35,
and interpolates between the epoch 35 and 36 corrections at the mid-point (average). The 2008-11-01 files are for Epoch 36. The t_gainN0006.fits file
replaces the t_gain_biN0002.fits file, and there is very little change at this location on the chip by this upgrade. Other locations will vary more
significantly. The acisD2009-02-01t_gain_biN0002.fits file is a flat, non-interpolating file, and will be upgraded after Epoch 38 has been
completed (May 1-Aug 31, 2009).

Fig. 2: A similar plot for the aimpoint of the BI chips S3, with the CTI corrections applied to the data. For this location and chip the 2008-08-01 file
upgrade is more significant (difference between the solid green and dashed blue curves), but mainly at the highest energy points above 6 keV. For
the new flat file (cyan dashed curve) more correction seems to be required above 5 keV than in the previous epochs, but not out of the ordinary. This
result may be modified by the next epoch data as well.

Fig. 3: The S3 aimpoint corrections for the case where the BI chips are NOT CTI-corrected at all. (The N0005 files.) As is usually the case,
the corrections are more scattered over the full range for the non-CTI case. However while these variations are significant relative to the
0.3% gain setting standard for the calibrations, they are not unusually strong. The cyan dashed curve indicates the strongest variation in
correction values over the range, but again it may be modified in the next epochal release.

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