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3.3.3 Raymondthermal spectrum example
What is the conversion factor from counts per second to energy flux
for a particular spectrum? For example, consider a RaymondSmith
Plasma with a temperature corresponding to 1 keV and a column of 5 x 10^{21} cm^{2} (log(N
_{H}) = 21.7). The ECF for this
spectral model is taken from Table 10 or Figure 32, it is
8.84 x 10^{9}. That is, a flux of 1 x 10^{11} ergs cm^{2} s^{1}
in the ROSAT energy band (0.1 to 2.4
keV) will give a count rate of 0.0884 ct s^{1} in the HRI. Inverting
this relationship gives the result that 1 ct s^{1} = 1.13
x 10^{10} ergs cm^{2} s^{1}.
Figure 30:
The ECF (energytocounts
conversion factor) is plotted as a function of the energy index for
the powerlaw spectral model. The values are shown for a range of
absorbing column densities (log(N_{H})).

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Figure 30
Figure 31:
The ECF
(energytocounts conversion factor) is plotted as a function of the
temperature (Log(kT)) for a Thermal Bremsstrahlung spectral model.
The values are shown for a range of absorbing column densities
(log(N_{H})).

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Figure 31
Figure 32:
The ECF
(energytocounts conversion factor) is plotted as a function of the
temperature (Log(kT)) for a RaymondSmith spectral model. The values
are shown for a range of absorbing column densities (log(N_{H})).

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Figure 32
Figure 33:
The ECF
(energytocounts conversion factor) is plotted as a function of
the temperature (Log(kT)) for a blackbody spectral model. The values
are shown for a range of absorbing column densities (log(N_{H})).

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