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XMMAO - XMM-Newton Accepted Targets

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Overview

This database table contains the current target list of the X-ray Multi-Mirror Newton (XMM-Newton) mission including those in (i) the routine calibration plan, (ii) the Guaranteed Time Observation (GTO) program, (iii) the triggered target candidates or ToOs accepted for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eight, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Announcements of Opportunity (AO-1 through AO-14) programs, (iv) the AO-1 through AO-14 Guest Observer (GO) program targets with priority A or B, (v) the AO-1 through AO-12 GO program targets with priority C which have been observed, (vi) the AO-13 and AO-14 GO program targets with priority C, and (vii) the targets granted by agreement of the ESA Director of Science and the National Space Agency of Japan, following the loss of the original Astro-E spacecraft.

For complete and authoritative information on the XMM-Newton mission, policies, and data archive, refer to the web pages of the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton Science Operations Center at http://xmm.esac.esa.int/ and of NASA's XMM-Newton Guest Observer Facility at http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xmm/xmmgof.html

Notice that all priority C targets from AOs 1 through 12 which were never observed by XMM-Newton (and hence have expired) have been removed from this table. To check which targets have either already been observed by XMM-Newton or are on the short-term schedule to be observed in the next few weeks, users should examine the XMMMASTER table which is also contained in Browse. To find out which targets are currently scheduled to be observed in the next three months, the user should check the XMM-Newton Advanced Plan at http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_sched/advance_plan.shtml

While abstracts are available for most proposals, there are a number of targets for which the HEASARC lacks the corresponding abstracts: e.g., the abstracts for AO-2 Guest Observer targets which have non-US PIs are not available.


Bulletin

The XMMAO database table was last updated on 10 December 2014 and contains information on XMM-Newton proposals accepted for AO-1 through AO-14.

References

This database table was created based on information available at the European Space Agency at the URLs:
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao2_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao3_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao4_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao5_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao6_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao7_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao8_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao9_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao10_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao11_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao12_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao13_results/
   http://xmm.esac.esa.int/external/xmm_news/otac_results/ao14_results/
and at the GSFC XMM-Newton GOF at the URL:
   http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xmm/xmmhp_archive.html

Provenance

This database table was last updated by the HEASARC in December 2014, when AO-14's accepted targets were added and AO-12's unobserved priority C targets were removed. AO-13's accepted targets were added and AO-11's unobserved priority C targets were removed in December 2013. AO-12's accepted targets were added and AO-10's unobserved priority C targets were removed in December 2012. AO-11's accepted targets were added and AO-9's unobserved priority C targets were removed in December 2011. AO-10's accepted targets were added and AO-8's unobserved priority C targets were removed in December 2010. AO-9's accepted targets were added and AO-7's unobserved priority C targets were removed in January 2010. AO-8's accepted targets were added and AO-6's unobserved priority C targets were removed in December 2008. AO-7's accepted targets were added and AO-5's unobserved priority C targets were removed in January 2008. AO-6's accepted targets were added in January 2007, and, in November 2006, an effort was made to remove most of the unobserved priority C targets from previous AOs.

Parameters

Name
The target designation.

RA
The Right Ascension of the target in the specified equinox. This was given in J2000 equinox and with a precision of either 0.1 or 0.01 seconds of time in the original table.

Dec
The Declination of the target in the specified equinox. This was given in J2000 equinox and with a precision of 0.1 arcseconds in the original table.

LII
The Galactic Longitude of the target.

BII
The Galactic Latitude of the target.

Proposal_Type
The proposal type for the target in question, defined according to the following key:

      CAL  : Target of routine calibration plan
      AO-1 : Target accepted for AO-1 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-2 : Target accepted for AO-2 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-3 : Target accepted for AO-3 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-4 : Target accepted for AO-4 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-5 : Target accepted for AO-5 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-6 : Target accepted for AO-6 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-7 : Target accepted for AO-7 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-8 : Target accepted for AO-8 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-9 : Target accepted for AO-9 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-10: Target accepted for AO-10 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-11: Target accepted for AO-11 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-12: Target accepted for AO-12 with priority A, B, or C (observed only)
      AO-13: Target accepted for AO-13 with priority A, B, or C
      AO-14: Target accepted for AO-14 with priority A, B, or C
      GT   : Target of guaranteed time program
      JP   : Target granted by agreement of ESA Director of Science and National
                   Space Agency of Japan following the loss of Astro-E
  

PNo
The proposal number corresponding to the target. This field is left blank for calibration targets.

Target_ID
The unique target identifier comprised of the proposal number concatenated with a two-digit target number corresponding to the target in the specified proposal. This field is only present for targets from AO-2 onwards.

PI_LName
The last name of the principal investigator of the XMM-Newton program which was awarded the target. This field is left blank for calibration targets.

PI_FName
The first name of the principal investigator of the XMM-Newton program which was awarded the target. This field is left blank for calibration targets.

Exposure
The exposure time in seconds, except for AO-2 targets where the tabulated time is the duration (exposure time plus overhead) in seconds. For targets which had not been observed as of the time of the creation of the current version of this table, this is the planned exposure or duration, while for targets which had already been observed, it is the maximum exposure obtained by any of XMM-Newton's 6 instruments, including the Optical Monitor (OM). For some programs which had a number of targets accepted as triggered targets, all but one of the possible targets for the program, i.e., sharing the same pno value, are listed with zero exposure values, with the remaining target being assigned the awarded exposure time for the program.

Num_Pointings
The number of approved pointings of a given target. Note that this information is missing for AO-1.

Priority
The priority of the target: this field is populated only for as yet unscheduled guest observer (GO) targets, notice, and is left blank for scheduled or completed GO targets, and for CAL, PV, and GTO targets. Priority A and B targets are of major scientific importance and will be scheduled with highest priority (A with higher priority than B). A and B targets will be rescheduled in a later AO if they are not observed in their original AO period. Priority C targets are of lower priority and will not be transferred to a later AO if they cannot be observed in their original AO: thus only some fraction of priority C targets will actually be observed. Priority T targets are Target of Opportunity (ToO) type observations which will only be executed if certain trigger criteria are fulfilled. Consequently, only a small number of priority T targets will actually be observed. The candidate list of ToO targets will be transferred to a later AO for those targets for which the maximal observing time was not achieved in their originating AO.

Obs_Type
This parameter is populated only for certain, unusual observation types, such as triggered observations, otherwise it is left blank:

       T/t: Triggered observation granted. In the case of a list of possible
            targets, only the time corresponding to the targets flagged as 'T'
            is granted; no additional time is granted for targets flagged as 't'.
       L  : Large program
       C  : Joint Chandra/XMM-Newton observation
       TH : Joint HST/XMM-Newton triggered observation.
       H  : Joint HST/XMM-Newton observation.
       N  : Joint NuSTAR/XMM-Newton observation.
       S  : Joint Swift/XMM-Newton observation.
       V  : Joint ESO-VLT/XMM-Newton observation
  

Abstract
The abstract of the proposal associated with the target. Note that some abstracts are missing for AO-1 and AO-2.


Contact Person

Questions regarding the XMMAO database table can be addressed to the HEASARC User Hotline.

Page Author: Browse Software Development Team
Last Modified: 10-Dec-2014