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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #188: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #102
_/ XMM-NEWTON NEWS #102 --- 19-Jan-2010 _/
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- Version 2.0 of the XMM-Newton SSC products specifications document
- Anticipated timeline for next XMM-Newton Announcement of
- Meeting announcement: 5th International Astronomical Consortium
for High Energy Calibration
- Announcement of 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Symposium E19
- Workshop announcement: 460th WE-Heraeus Seminar: "Black Holes"
Version 2.0 of the XMM-Newton SSC products specifications document
A revised version of the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (SSC)
products specifications document has been issued by the SSC and made
available on the XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals web page at:
under the subsection 'Data Handling'.
The 'Specifications for individual SSC data products' is the reference
document describing the individual XMM-Newton SSC data product files.
It is intended to be of use to scientists analysing XMM-Newton data.
Anticipated timeline for next XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity
The planned key milestones for the tenth XMM-Newton "Announcement of
Opportunity" have been established. Within this AO-10 a new call to
submit proposals for observations to be performed with the XMM-Newton
observatory will be issued.
To be prepared for this, please find below the anticipated timeline:
Announcement of Opportunity 24 August 2010
Due date for proposals 08 October 2010 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme mid December 2010
For approved proposals only:
Start of phase II proposal submission 10 January 2011
Closure of phase II proposal submission 04 February 2011
Start of AO-10 observations May 2011
The official "Announcement of Opportunity" will be made public in the
XMM-Newton News and on the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre home
Meeting announcement: 5th International Astronomical Consortium for
High Energy Calibration
The International Astronomical Consortium for High Energy Calibration
(IACHEC; http://web.mit.edu/iachec) is a working platform where
scientists involved in the calibration of high-energy instruments
coordinate their work. The IACHEC aims to provide standards for high
energy calibration and to supervise cross calibration between
different missions. This goal is reached through working groups, where
IACHEC members cooperate to define calibration standards and
The next IACHEC meeting will take place from the 12th to the 15th of
April at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole
IACHEC welcomes contributions from the whole high-energy astrophysics
community. Colleagues wishing to attend the 5th IACHEC meeting are
requested to fill the pre-registration form available from the meeting
web page (http://web.mit.edu/iachec/meetings/index.html) by the 10th
of March 2010.
Announcement of the 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Symposium E19
The Symposium E19 of the 38th Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)
"New Insights into the Physics of Supernova Remnants and Pulsar Wind
will be held from the 18th to the 25th of July, 2010 in Bremen, Germany.
As the most significant source of chemical enrichment and energy input
in the interstellar medium, supernova remnants (SNRs) offer us a most
valuable laboratory to study heavy element nucleosynthesis, particle
acceleration at fast shocks, and the physics of the extreme associated
with neutron stars (NSs) and associated pulsar wind nebulae (PWNe).
The symposium will focus on the latest multi-wavelength studies, which
include X-ray data from XMM-Newton, Chandra and Suzaku, coupled with
theoretical modeling and simulations and will address the physics of
SNRs and their association and interaction with PWNe and NSs.
Deadline for abstract submission is 19th of February, 2010.
More information is available at:
Workshop announcement: 460th WE-Heraeus Seminar: "Black Holes"
The 460th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar: "Black Holes" will be held
from the 6th to the 11th of June, 2010 in Bad Honnef, Germany.
The last decade has witnessed rapid progress in the astrophysical
study of black holes. Within the next ten years, ground-based
gravitational wave detectors like LIGO and VIRGO will begin making
regular observations of merging stellar-mass black holes out to
redshifts of ~0.3. Future space-based observatories like IXO will
measure X-rays from the first accreting massive black holes in the
Universe, while LISA will detect gravitational waves from coalescing
supermassive black hole binaries throughout the Universe. A key goal
of this seminar is to bring together researchers in the fields of
gravitational wave and electromagnetic astronomy, and to provide a
forum for lively discussions, with an emphasis on the electromagnetic
and gravitational wave signatures of strong gravity.
Deadline for registration is 10th of March, 2010.
More information is available at the workshop website at:
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