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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #030: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #4

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_/                 XMM-NEWTON NEWS #4   ---    27-Apr-2001                  _/
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                ESA, XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre at                  
            Villafranca del Castillo, Satellite Tracking Station
                P.O. Box - Apdo. 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain        

SOC Home Page:           http://xmm.vilspa.esa.es/
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News Mailing List:       http://xmm.vilspa.esa.es/mailman/listinfo/xmm-news 

           - Tell us about your XMM-Newton publications and PR activities
           - Clarification: Naming conventions for sources found by 
	                    individual researchers
	   - Target of Opportunity Notification Page
	   - SAS status & RGS calibration problem
	   - CD ROM production
	   - XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA)
Dear Colleagues,

Tell us about your XMM-Newton publications and PR activities

We encourage the community to inform the XMM-Newton Helpdesk
(email: xmmhelp@xmm.vilspa.esa.es) about all the papers publishing XMM-Newton
data. This will allow us to link the observations in the XMM-Newton
Science Archive with the related publications.

Please, be reminded that all publications which make use of XMM-Newton data 
must include the following acknowledgment:

"This work is based on observations obtained with XMM-Newton, an ESA science 
 mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member 
 States and the USA (NASA)."
In addition, the Project Scientist would appreciate to be informed via email 
(fjansen@astro.estec.esa.nl) about all planned press releases and other public 
relation activities which are related to XMM-Newton. 

We thank you very much in advance for your attention and help on this subject.

Clarification: Naming conventions for sources found by individual researchers

It has been spotted by the the IAU "Clearing House" of Commission 5 Working 
Group on Designations that there is a modification needed in the proposed 
naming convention for the XMM-Newton sources detected by individual

It should have been 

                          XMMU JHHMMSS.s+/-DDMMSS

         AND *** NOT ***  XMMUJ HHMMSS.s+/-DDMMSS

e.g. source position: RA 03 10 15.1, Dec -76 51 31.2 (J2000)
     recommended acronym: XMMU J031015.1-765131
     source position: RA 17 23 48.7, Dec +82 17 33.8 (J2000)  
     recommended acronym: XMMU J172348.7+821733
The coordinates for the designation are "truncated" and not "rounded".     
XMMU is intended to be used for those serendipitous sources which need to 
be referenced in a paper. 

For work involving exploitation of the full set of serendipitously detected 
sources in one or multiple XMM-Newton fields we recommend the XMMAA, XMMAAA, 
etc. approach. Here AA or AAA represent the authors' initials, and should be 
used for large interim surveys provided that the authors have submitted their 
acronym to the Acronym Registry (for further details see the IAU Specifications
for Nomenclature web page at http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/iau-spec.html).

The discussion on how to name OM detected sources is still ongoing with the
"Clearing House" members. For the time being we propose to name them
XAU JHHMMSS.s+/-DDMMSS to distinguish them from XMM-Newton sources detected in
Target of Opportunity Notification Page

The XMM-Newton SOC has released to the public now its Target of Opportunity 
(ToO) Notification Web Page which is available at 


This page forms the unique interface for the submission of all ToO proposals.
The proposer will need to enter important target information which is further 
used to validate the request. The page also informs about the terms of 
reference which do apply for the proposal evaluation, data reduction and 

SAS status & RGS calibration problem

The further development and maintenance of the XMM-Newton Science Analysis
System (SAS) is continuing at high pace. Significant updates of the tasks
and calibrations have been implemented. Testing is ongoing to make the SAS
ready for the next public release (SAS 5.1) which currently is foreseen for 
June 2001.

In order to prepare for the intermediate SAS release to be used by the
Processing Pipeline Subsystem (PPS), for some time, the combination of SAS 5.0
with the calibration files RGS1_CROSSPSF_0002.CCF and RGS2_CROSSPSF_0002.CCF
was used. This created inappropriate selection regions on the cross-dispersion
versus dispersion plane.

It has been decided by the project scientist that this was not 
serious enough to justify to hold the release of the products. Due to many 
changes in the calibrations of RGS over that period, the user is advised 
anyhow to re-run the processing and extract new spectra with most recent 
calibration files.

The Survey Science Center (SSC) has provided a list of obs-id's where RGS
spatial images extraction regions in the PPS products were strangely defined.
Of the 171 product sets delivered to the SOC so far 96 are affected. The
attached list of observation IDs is that of product sets delivered by the SSC
to the SOC in which the product *CALIND* includes the filenames
RGS?_CROSSPSF_0002.CCF, i.e. those  affected by use of the incorrect
calibration files.

To be informed of the periodic updates to the CCF (Current Calibration Files)
you might consider subscribing to the CCF mailing list
(http://xmm.vilspa.esa.es/mailman/listinfo/ccf/). You can visit the list
archives at http://xmm.vilspa.esa.es/pipermail/ccf/, too.

XMM-Newton data CD-ROM production

The production of the CD-ROMs containing XMM-Newton data (ODFs and PPS
products) is fully operational. At the time of this bulletin, 164 CD-ROMs
have already been shipped to the corresponding observation PIs. 
The goal is to ship CD-ROMs to the PIs within 30 days from the observation.

For all the observations performed later than February 16 2001, CD-ROMs are 
produced on a real-time line. Earlier observations are being reprocessed in 
a dedicated back-up production line. The reprocessing will be completed 
within a few months.

XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA)

The first version of the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA) will be online
at the time when the data rights for the first GT observations will have
expired (March 2002).

In the meanwhile, SAS scientific validation datasets are accessible through
the URL: http://xmm.vilspa.esa.es/public/xmm_sas_sv_top.html.

With best regards,

The XMM-Newton User Support Group

List of ODF product sets affected by the wrong RGS spatial extraction 
region problem (as provided by the SSC)

ODF #	  |     PI (CAL=calibration target; PV=Performance Verification)
0007420701	Parmar
0007420801	Parmar
0007421001	Parmar	
0007421801	Parmar
0007421901	Parmar
0007422001	Parmar
0007422101	Parmar
0007422201	Parmar
0007422301	Parmar
0007425001	Parmar
0008220201	Gondoin	
0018741001	Edge	
0042340501	Boehringer
0051590301	Kallman
0060740101	Liedhal
0060740601	Liedhal
0067190301	Porquet
0080940401	Maraschi
0080940501	Maraschi
0083280201	Kaper
0083280501	Kaper
0084140101	McBreen
0084230301	Kneib
0085110201	Churazov
0087940101	Hughes
0093552701	Charles
0093553001	Charles
0093640901	Bauer
0093650201	Murray
0094360201	Quataert
0098610101	PV
0098610201	PV
0099280501	CAL
0099280601	CAL
0100240101	Jansen
0100240201	Jansen
0100240801	Jansen
0101040301	Jansen
0101040401	Jansen
0101040601	Jansen
0101440401	Pallavicini
0102040201	Jansen
0102041001	Jansen
0103660201	Aschenbach
0105870101	Aschenbach
0106260201	Aschenbach
0106460101	Aschenbach
0108670401	Mushotzky
0109090101	Mason
0109130901	Mason
0109530401	Mason
0109950101	Brinkman
0109950201	Brinkman
0109980301	Bleeker
0109990501	Bleeker
0110661401	Jansen
0110920201	Watson
0110980701	Jansen
0111080301	Brinkman
0111150101	Watson
0111150201	Watson
0111150601	Watson
0111390201	Brinkman
0111490301	Brinkman
0112310301	Turner
0112650401	Aschenbach
0112650601	Aschenbach
0112670301	Brinkman
0112670401	Brinkman
0112830501	Griffiths
0112830601	Griffiths
0112870101	Aschenbach
0112870701	Aschenbach
0112880901	Aschenbach
0112910101	Turner
0112910301	Turner
0112910401	Turner
0113050201	Turner
0113050801	Turner
0124712201	PV
0124712301	PV
0125320501	CAL
0132121901	CAL
0132122001	CAL
0132122101	CAL
0132122401	CAL
0132132301	CAL
0132530401	CAL
0132530501	CAL
0133120701	CAL
0134531301	CAL
0134540301	CAL
0134561301	CAL
0134920901	CAL
0135120201	Bleeker
0135120801	Bleeker

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