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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #116: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #55

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #55   ---    15-Mar-2006            _/
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         - ESAC Science Workshop: Open for Registration
         - Proceedings of 'The X-ray Universe 2005'
         - Remote SAS Capability in the XSA
         - Research Fellowship at the XMM-Newton Science Operations

ESAC Science Workshop: Open for Registration

As announced in the previous newsletter, the XMM-Newton Science
Operations Centre is organising a workshop in the summer of this
year, with the following subject, dates and venue:

      Variable and Broad Iron Lines around Black Holes

     Monday the 26th to Wednesday the 28th of June 2006

        XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre at
   ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain

The meeting will focus on the iron line emitted around accreting
black holes and will concentrate on results and discoveries from
XMM-Newton, Chandra and Suzaku, as well as other current missions,
and on theoretical progress.

Participants are invited now to register and submit their
contributions via the workshop web page available at


Proceedings of 'The X-ray Universe 2005'

The Proceedings of 'The X-ray Universe 2005' symposium have been
printed and are currently in the process of being mailed out (free
of charge) to all registered participants of the conference.

Additional copies of the 2-volume publication can be ordered at a
cost of Euros 100 from:

ESA Publications Division
Postbus 299
2200 AG Noordwijk
The Netherlands

Email: esapub@esa.int
Fax: +31 71 565-5433

In agreement with the ESA Publications Division it has been decided
to make the electronic version of the published papers available
online on the XMM-Newton Web pages in a few months.

Remote SAS Capability in the XSA

Two of the main developments of the XMM-Newton project, are

* the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA), which offers full access to
  all the public (free) and private (protected) raw and processed
  XMM-Newton data, and

* the Scientific Analysis System (SAS), a freely distributed
  software package developed for the calibration and analysis of
  the XMM-Newton data, part of which is used in a standard
  configuration as the official data reduction pipeline reducing
  the data to high level products (images, spectra, source lists,

One of the most innovative elements of the XSA is its capability of
processing at anytime and on the server at ESAC, any chosen data
with the most up-to-date SAS version and calibration. Final
scientific products are generated off-line, and have typically
modest sizes, thus reducing the requirements on Internet connection
bandwidth and largely removing the need for a local installation
of the SAS. This capability can even be used for derivation of
products which are not (yet) part of the standard archived
processed data, like low-resolution spectra and/or light curves of
specific sources.

The interactive generation of products through the XSA is performed
through a rather sophisticated but easy-to-use user interface.
Users can interactively select the source and background scientific
products extraction regions on the observation field-of-view, and
may screen the data prior to any accumulations, according to a
large - but controlled - range of parameters.

We encourage the use of this functionality and welcome any feedback
on all aspects of its use. You can mail the XMM-Newton Helpdesk at


and please use "Remote SAS" in the subject line.

Research Fellowship at the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre

The European Space Agency offers astronomers and space scientists
the possibility to hold ESA-funded Post-doctoral Research
Fellowships. Details of the program can be found at:


Within this program ESA Internal Research Fellowships are
available at the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre (in the
European Space Astronomy Centre, located at Villafranca near
Madrid, Spain), see:


Interviews are planned for June 2006. It is expected that a
successful candidate would conduct research based on XMM-Newton

Applicants for this post should have a PhD in astrophysics or
an equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline. Experience
in medium to high resolution X-ray spectroscopy and the study
of Hot Stars or Active Galactic Nuclei is desirable.

Please contact: N. Schartel (Norbert.Schartel@sciops.esa.int)

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