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Paper: The Chandra Source Catalog
Volume: 376, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XVI
Page: 172
Authors: Fabbiano, G.; Evans, I.; Evans, J.; Glotfelty, K.; Hain, R.; McCollough, M.; Primini, F.; Rots, A.; Calderwood, T.; Doe, S.; Grier, J.; Harbo, P.; Karovska, M.; McDowell, J.; Plummer, D.; Paton, L.; Tibbetts, M.; Van Stone, D.; Zografou, P.
Abstract: The Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) has undertaken the production of the Chandra Source Catalog, a data-mining project that makes use of the continuously growing Chandra public archive. The distinguishing characteristic of Chandra, the NASA Great Observatory for exploring the universe in the X-rays, is its sub-arcsecond resolution, which provides the most sensitive and detailed view of the ~(0.3-7) keV sky presently attainable. The Catalog will characterize the X-ray sky at high resolution and with accurate astrometry, making use of all the imaging Chandra data. It will provide a uniform reduction of the Chandra archive, that will be a major interface for the Virtual Observatory; will be continuously updated as more data enters the public domain during the on-going Chandra mission; and will enable a dynamic interaction to produce user-configured views with on-the-fly analysis work-flows. In this paper we describe the Catalog, and the software and hardware needed for its realization.
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