Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 472-481

First online:

The direct reduction of astronomical x-ray spectra

  • Joseph F. DolanAffiliated withWarner and Swasey Observatory, Case Western Reserve University

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A matrix method is outlined for the reduction of astronomical X-ray spectral data which includes the effects of detector resolution and fluorescent escape phenomena. The differences between this method and the ‘backward reduction’ or multiple grid methods presently employed are discussed.