XMM-Newton Data Files Handbook

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4.1.6 RGS science files

The following RGS Science Files are defined:

  1. Spectroscopy Mode Event List Files (*R[1,2]*SPE.FIT)

  2. High Time Resolution Mode Event List Files (*R[1,2]*HTE.FIT)

  3. Auxiliary File (*R[1,2]*AUX.FIT)

The above files can be recognised by the value of the keyword DATATYPE in their binary table header, as indicated in Table 11.

Table 11: Values of the DATATYPE keywords for the RGS science data file types
Data mode value of DATATYPE
Spectroscopy Mode SPECT.EL
High Time Resolution Mode HTR.EL
Auxiliary file AUX.EL


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