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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #192: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #105
_/ XMM-NEWTON NEWS #105 --- 15-Apr-2010 _/
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- XMM-Newton Users Group meeting #11: comments to UG members are welcome
- XMM-Newton Workshop "Ultra-Luminous X-ray sources and Middle
Weight Black Holes": programme and abstract booklet available
- Incorrect EPIC band-4 fluxes in the 2XMM and 2XMMi catalogues: problem
description and correct data
XMM-Newton Users Group meeting #11: comments to UG members are welcome
The date of the next Users Group (UG) meeting is 12th - 13th May, 2010. A
dedicated Web page of the Users Group is available at:
This web page provides, among others, the contact points for all interested
astronomers to send their comments and suggestions to the UG members prior
to the meeting.
Please find herewith the agenda:
1. Welcome M. Arnaud
2. Adoption of the agenda All
3. Overall mission status A. Parmar
4. Instrument operations R. Munoz
5. Report of the Project Scientist N. Schartel
6.1 EPIC Calibration status M. Guainazzi
(and cross-calibration MOS/pn and
6.2 RGS Calibration status A. Pollock
(and cross-calibration RGS/EPIC)
6.3 OM Calibration status A. Talavera
6.4 Cross-calibration status M. Stuhlinger
with other missions
7. SAS developments and future plans C. Gabriel
8. SSC status M. Watson
9. Action items from last meeting M. Ehle
10. Input from the community Mission Scientists
11. General discussion/AOB All
12. Dedicated discussion UG
13. Date and time of next meeting UG
XMM-Newton Workshop "Ultra-Luminous X-ray sources and Middle Weight
Black Holes": programme and abstract booklet available
As announced in issues #95, #103 and #104 of this Newsletter, the XMM-Newton
Science Operations Centre is organising an astrophysical workshop from Monday
24th to Wednesday 26th of May 2010 at the European Space Astronomy Centre
(ESAC) near Madrid, Spain.
The programme and abstract booklet for this workshop are now available online
at the workshop website:
Incorrect EPIC band-4 fluxes in the 2XMM and 2XMMi catalogues:
problem description and correct data
The XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (SSC) has uncovered an error in the 2XMM
and 2XMMi catalogues which needs to be brought to the attention of users of
The key points are:
1) The error affects only the computation of the EPIC band 4 (2.0-4.5keV) flux
values for detections (the EP_4_FLUX column) and the corresponding quantity
(the SC_EP_4_FLUX column) for unique sources when one or more of the
detections is affected. The relevant (OBSMLI) source lists held in the XSA
archive also contain the incorrect EP_4_FLUX value.
2) Statistically, the impact of the error is that the correct EPIC band 4 flux
values are systematically larger than the erroneous values (typically by a few
sigma) - the mean shift is about a factor 2. While the scale of the correction
is modest, we emphasize that the uncorrected values are simply wrong and that
the impact on XMM-Newton science analyses that exploit the EPIC band 4 fluxes
can be significant.
A fuller description of the problem, its background and access to
files containing the correct data is available from
The new incremental version of the catalogue, 2XMMi-DR3, planned for
late April 2010, contains the correct EPIC band 4 fluxes. It will be
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