Adding More Emission Lines
You probably noticed that the addition of that one Gaussian helped
improve your model, particularly the spike at about 1.01 keV. Your
model should improve even further if you add two more Gaussian emission
lines to model the other two large peaks in your spectrum.
Screen capture of the POW plot window showing the results of the
fitting the revised model with a Gaussian emission line.
Start by adding a second Gaussian to model the middle emission line.
To do this, look back at your graph. The middle emission line appears
to peak somewhere between 0.8 and 1.0 keV. Choose an energy in that
range where you think the peak occurs, and then add a Gaussian line for
that second peak. Type:
addcomp 2 Gaussian
When you see the following:
2:gaussian:LineE>
you want to enter a string of numbers here to give Xspec your initial
guess for the peak energy along with a range of possible values for that
peak. (Look back at the previous page if you need to see how these numbers were entered
for the last Gaussian you added to your model.).
Each of the numbers you add is separated by a space. Those numbers
should be:
 your guess for the peak energy of the second emission line
 0.05, the "Delta" that tells Xspec how to step through the
possible peak energy values
 0.8, the lower limit for the possible range of energies for the
second emission line
 0.8, the lower limit again
 1.0, the upper limit for the possible range of energies for the
second emission line
 1.0, the upper limit again
For example, if you guessed that the energy peaked at 10 keV (which
isn't a very good guess, since it's not in the range!), then you would
type in the following:
10 0.05 0.8 0.8 1.0 1.0
Once you've typed in your string of numbers, hit "return". Then, hit
return two more times to accept Xspec's default values for this line's
Sigma and normalization.
Before fitting the current model, add one more Gaussian emission line
to model the remaining peak in your spectrum. Look at your graph and
determine the approximate peak energy of the remaining emission line and the
range of possible values for that peak. As above, add another Gaussian
to you model by typing:
addcomp 2 Gaussian
When you see the following:
2:gaussian:LineE>
enter the string of numbers as before, with the appropriate values
for your initial guess and minimum and maximum possible values (keep "delta" the same!).
Then hit "return". For the other two parameters, the Sigma and
normalization, hit "return" to accept Xspec's default values.
Now you are ready to fit the model. Type:
fit
Remember to hit "return" if the fit pauses with the message:
Number of trials exceeded: continue fitting?
