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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #195: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #108

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_/           XMM-NEWTON  NEWS   #108   ---  17-May-2010           _/
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 - Reminder to SAS users to upgrade to SAS 10.0
 - Patch to SAS version 10.0
 - 10th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop: deadline for registration
 - Let us know about XMM-Newton related Ph.D.
 - Call for XMM-Newton results with potential for ESA press releases

Reminder to SAS users to upgrade to SAS 10.0

As announced in the XMM-Newton  Newsletter #107, SAS 10.0 was released
on  the 29th  of  April,  2010.  On  the  7th of  May,  2010, the  RGS
calibration  files RGS[1][2]_EFFAREACORR_0006.CCF have  been released.
Those calibration files are needed  for a proper correction of the RGS
contamination effect  and are incompatible with  SAS versions previous
to SAS 10.0.  Therefore we recommend you to upgrade SAS to SAS 10.0 as
soon as possible.

More information is available at the SAS watchouts at:



Patch to SAS version 10.0

A  small patch  to  the newly  released  SAS 10.0.0  version has  been
released on  the 17th of May,  2010.  The patch  includes the metatask
psechain,  which was not  released with  SAS 10.0  by mistake,  and an
upgraded version of epiclccorr, solving a 'segmentation fault' problem
found for  this task  in some Linux  versions. Users who  download SAS
10.0  after  the 17th  of  May  will not  need  to  install the  patch
separately, since it is already  included in the corrected SAS version
released on that date.

10th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop: deadline for registration

As announced in XMM-Newsletter issue  #104, the 10th SAS Workshop will
be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre of ESA in Villanueva de
la Canada (near  Madrid, Spain) between the 21st and  the 25th of June

SAS  Workshops  aim  at   providing  XMM-Newton  users  with  a  basic
introduction to  the procedures and techniques  to successfully reduce
and analyse XMM-Newton data.

A few places  are still available to attend  this workshop. Therefore,
the deadline for registration has been extended until these places are
filled.   Interested  persons  can  find more  information  about  the
workshop and registration process at the following page:


No fee is required to attend the SAS Workshop.

Let us know about XMM-Newton related Ph.D.

The XMM-Newton team is  collecting information about the completion of
doctorates and  Ph.D. theses  based on (or  making use  of) XMM-Newton
observations since the launch of the mission.

This information  is one of the  measures of the  scientific impact of
XMM-Newton  and  represents  an  important support  for  the  mission.
Ideally, it  is our  intention to collect  the complete list  of Ph.D.
works based on XMM-Newton data and this is why we need your help.

We would  appreciate if  you -  being a candidate  or supervisor  of a
doctorate - could let us know the following details:

 - Year of the thesis
 - Candidate's name
 - Supervisor's name
 - Institution
 - Thesis Title
 - Statement that the thesis is either based on, or making use of,
   XMM-Newton observations

Please contact us through the helpdesk at:


sending  an e-mail with Subject: "Ph.D. thesis work". The message  can
be flagged as private.  In  any case, all provided information will be
handled confidentially.

Call for XMM-Newton results with potential for ESA press releases

The  XMM-Newton team  is looking  forward  to hearing  from you  about
exciting new results obtained with XMM-Newton observations.

The   XMM-Newton   team  does   not   have   dedicated  resources   to
systematically  monitor  astro-ph  and  the published  literature  for
interesting new  material.  However,  ESA does have  a team  of public
affairs  officers who  will help  arranging appropriate  publicity and
Press Releases. Please remember that they can only start the work once
they know that  a result is available and that they  need some time to
accommodate the story, since  press releases are organised for several

Your  exciting  results  with  XMM-Newton do  represent  an  important
support for  the mission. Remember  that the public  strongly supports
astronomy because they enjoy seeing the fruit of our work!

Please contact us through the helpdesk at:


Yours sincerely,
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