HEAD 2002 Pileup Talk  Overview of the Pileup Model  

The Standard ModelThe "standard" model has been used for many years for the analysis of Xray data. The model is based upon the equation (Davis 2001a)Note that in this model, the N and t occur together as a product. Within the standard model, errors in N or t affect only the normalization of the fitted spectral model s(E) and not its shape. In contrast, within the pileup model, errors in N and t affect both the shape and the normalization of the fitted model s(E). In the integral equation above, the count rate increases linearly with the incident source flux. This is illustrated in the following figure: The Pileup ModelThe CCD pileup model as implemented in isis is assumed to apply to an extraction region consisting of two subregions: a central region where pileup is assumed to take place, and an outer region assumed to be free of pileup. Furthermore, the pileup region is assumed to be subdivided into n subregions. Let f represent the fraction of flux falling into the pileup region. Then as shown by Davis 2001b, the number of counts expected in the full extraction region is given byIt is important to note that the number of frames N and the frame time t do not always occur together. This means that unlike the standard model, the total number of detected counts depends not just on the total exposure time Nt, but also on the frame time t and number of frames N separately. For this reason, it is important to specify the exposure time and frame time accurately for the pileup model to work. In the pileup model, the predicted count rate is a highly nonlinear function of the source flux. An indication of this can be seen from the following figure which shows how the count rate varies with the incident flux in the pileup model:

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