Last modified: 29 February 2024


The backscale value records the ratio of the data extraction region area to the total detector area for a PHA spectrum file. If the background scaling is independent of channel, it is written to the BACKSCAL header keyword; otherwise, it is recorded in a BACKSCAL column.

In this example, the extraction region is 6283.19 square pixels. Dividing by the total ACIS detector area (8192x8192), yields the backscale value:

6283.19/(8192*8192) = 9.36267e-05

which is the value recorded in the file header:

unix% dmkeypar simple.pi BACKSCAL echo+