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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #144: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #72

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #72   ---    20-Dec-2007            _/
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 - XMM-Newton AO-7 OTAC Results
 - Patch to SAS 7.1.0
 - ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science
 - Workshop Announcement

XMM-Newton AO-7 OTAC Results

The list of proposals accepted by the AO-7 Observing Time Allocation
Committee (OTAC) is available with their associated abstracts at:


The Principal Investigators of submitted proposals have been informed
about the results of the OTAC evaluation by e-mail. The e-mail contains
the details about the second phase proposal submission for successful
observations, which will be done via the XMM-Newton Remote Proposal
Submission System (XRPS). The XRPS will be closed on the 8th of February
2008 at 13:00 UT.

AO-7 observations will start to be routinely performed in May 2008.

Patch to SAS 7.1.0

A general patch to SAS 7.1.0 has been released on November 28, 2007.
The main motivation for it came from a change in the "rgsframes" task
to cope with anomalous cases of duplicated events, in single readout
node sub-mode. SAS 7.1.0 was already able to recognize and process
correctly RGS data taken in single readout node sub-mode, used to operate
RGS2 since 17/08/2007 (see XMM-Newsletter #67). The changes applied to
"rgsframes", included in SAS 7.1.0, worked well except for an anomalous
case of duplicated events, present in the RGS raw data with low but finite
probability. "rgsframes" needed to be updated for coping with this case
also for single readout node data.

The SAS team has taken the opportunity of having to patch SAS 7.1.0 to
include some other changes. They are all described in the SAS web pages
at http://xmm.esac.esa.int/sas.

ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships
each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young
scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means
of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA
Science Programme. Areas of research include planetary science,
astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science,
plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships are tenable
at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in
Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre
(ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Astronomy and Astrophysics research opportunities with XMM-Newton
science staff at ESAC include: Research on high energy emission of
(massive) stars, X-ray binaries, galaxies, AGNs and high
resolution X-ray spectroscopy using XMM-Newton data [contact
Norbert Schartel (Norbert.Schartel@sciops.esa.int) for details].

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to
begin in the summer or fall of 2008. Preference will be given to
applications submitted by candidates within five years of
receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are
encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving
their degree before starting the fellowship.

The deadline for applications is 21 January 2008.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space
Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the
application form can be found on the world-wide web at this


Workshop Announcement

The Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) and the Centre National
d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) are pleased to announce the workshop:

"An XXL extragalactic survey: prospects for the XMM next decade"

to be held April 14-16th, 2008 in Paris.

A three-day workshop is being organised to bring together astronomers
interested in a large-scale (100 deg2 scale) extragalactic survey with
XMM-Newton. The purpose of the meeting is to examine the scientific
arguments for such a survey, the association with surveys at other
wavelengths, the technical feasibility of conducting the survey with
XMM-Newton, and the practical steps needed to make best use of the data
that would be returned. Now is an excellent time for such a workshop, since
groups have gained considerable experience in working with XMM-Newton data.

Contributions to the workshop are expected by January 15th, 2008.
The contributions will then be posted on a forum to initiate open discussion
until the meeting.

More information is available at.

The XMM-Newton SOC takes the opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and
all the best for 2008.

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC

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