Last modified: December 2023

AHELP for CIAO 4.16 Sherpa


Context: models


The XSPEC vgadem model: plasma emission, multi-temperature with gaussian distribution of emission measure.



The xsvgadem model is an additive model component.


The model is described at [1] . The set_xsabund and get_xsabund functions change and return the current settings for the relative abundances of the metals. See the xsapec documentation for settings relevant to the APEC model (i.e. when switch=2 ).


>>> create_model_component("xsvgadem", "mdl")
>>> print(mdl)

Create a component of the xsvgadem model and display its default parameters. The output is:

   Param        Type          Value          Min          Max      Units
   -----        ----          -----          ---          ---      -----
   mdl.Tmean    frozen            4         0.01           20        keV
   mdl.Tsigma   thawed          0.1         0.01          100        keV
   mdl.nH       frozen            1        1e-06        1e+20      cm^-3
   mdl.He       frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.C        frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.N        frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.O        frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.Ne       frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.Na       frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.Mg       frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.Al       frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.Si       frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.S        frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.Ar       frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.Ca       frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.Fe       frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.Ni       frozen            1            0           10           
   mdl.Redshift frozen            0       -0.999           10           
   mdl.switch   frozen            2 -3.40282e+38  3.40282e+38           
   mdl.norm     thawed            1            0        1e+24           


The attributes for this object are:

Attribute Definition
Tmean The mean temperature for the gaussian emission measure distribution, in keV.
Tsigma The sigma of the temperature distribution for the gaussian emission measure, in keV.
nH H density, in cm^-3.
He, C, N, O, Ne, Na, Mg, Al, Si, S, Ar, Ca, Fe, Ni The abundance of the element in solar units.
Redshift The redshift of the plasma.
switch If 0, the mekal code is run to evaluate the model; if 1 then interpolation of the mekal data is used; if 2 then interpolation of APEC data is used. See [1] for more details. This parameter can not be thawed.
norm The normalization of the model.


XSPEC version

CIAO 4.16 comes with support for version 12.13.1e of the XSPEC models. This can be checked with the following:

% python -c 'from sherpa.astro import xspec;


See the bugs pages on the Sherpa website for an up-to-date listing of known bugs.

See Also