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etruecolor (xcolorcod-1.30.1) [xmmsas_20211130_0941-20.0.0]


etruecolor generates from a set of input event list(mos and pn) a spatial image in which the value of a specified scalar event attribute (e.g. energy) is three-color coded. The coloring process is driven by three fundamental color curves (red, green, blue) that are constructed from the contents of a pre-defined input color table (RGB_Scheme).

The energy bands (coded in the pre-defined color table) for the red, green and blue channels of the true color image have been chosen so that a power law spectrum with photon spectral index 1.7, absorbed by galactic gas with neutral hydrogen column density of $10^{20}~cm^{-2}$, results in approximately the same number of counts in each band.

Channel energy Range
Red 300-700 eV
Green 700-1200 eV
blue 1200-7000 eV

Please note: The actual generation of the red, green, and blue component images is done through the task evselect. etruecolor therefore inherits some of evselect's image extraction parameters which allows to control the image generation process, e.g., binning, windowing, etc. etruecolor also assumes that all the input event files have the same astrometry origin.

The default value for the image scale creation is 4 arcsec/pixel, that is equivalent to aximagebinsize equals to 80.

XMM-Newton SOC -- 2021-11-30