3.3.2 Portable Interactive Multi-Mission Simulator (PIMMS)

The AstroSat PIMMS package (downloadable from http://astrosat-ssc.iucaa.in/or accessed online at http://astrosat-ssc.iucaa.in:8080/WebPIMMS_ASTRO/index.jsp) is an implementation of the Portable Interactive Multi-Mission Simulator package, originally distributed from NASA/GSFC High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Centre (HEASARC).  This implementation includes the effective area of AstroSat X-ray instruments and can be used to estimate source count rates in LAXPC, SXT, CZTI and SSM for a variety of input spectral models.  A user manual is distributed with the downloadable version, and online help is available for the WebPIMMS version.

Response files:  Response Matrix files and estimated background spectra are provided for LAXPC, SXT and CZTI payloads at the website http://astrosat-ssc.iucaa.in. These may be used to carry out spectral simulations for X-ray sources, for example with the fakeit command in HEASOFT XSPEC.