X-ray data analysis
For those in the local Astro group who may have an interest or a need to analyse some X-ray data from Chandra or RXTE, I have installed some analysis software (Linux machines only) and related calibration files in /data/software. For Chandra data analysis I have installed CIAO version 184.108.40.206, as well as the ISIS spectral fitting package version 1.3.1 and the CALDB files. For RXTE analysis I have installed HEASOFT version 6.0.3 and the appropriate CALDB files.
If you missed the introduction to X-ray astronomy I gave on April 5th, here is a PDF file of the slides and notes
To initialise CIAO:
To initialise HEASOFT (which also has general tools to manipulate FITS files) for analysis of RXTE data:
setenv HEADAS /data/software/headas/i686-pc-linux-gnu-libc2.2.4
setenv CALDB /data/software/caldb
I also plan to install the SAS software for analysis of XMM-Newton data. Let me know if you are interested in getting started with these packages or need any help.