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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #197: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #110

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_/           XMM-NEWTON  NEWS   #110   ---  19-Jul-2010           _/
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  - XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-10
  - New interface to the 2XMM-DR3 catalogue
  - Workshop announcement: Charge Exchange 2010
  - Call for XMM-Newton results with potential for ESA press releases

XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-10

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook (UHB) has been updated to version 2.8 in
preparation for the next Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10).

The AO-10  will open on the  24th of August  2010 with a due  date for
proposals on  the 8th of  October 2010 (12:00 UT)  (see issue  #102 of
this Newsletter  for further  details). The official  "Announcement of
Opportunity"  will  be  made  public  in a  dedicated  issue  of  this
Newsletter and on the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre web site.

The  UHB   contains  information  on  the   instrumentation  on  board
XMM-Newton  and serves  as  the main  technical  support document  for
proposal preparation,  based on  which potential XMM-Newton  users can
assess the technical feasibility of their planned observations.

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook is available on-line at:


Alternatively,  PDF  and  postscript   versions  of  the  UHB  can  be
downloaded from  the "XMM-Newton  Proposer's Info and  Manuals" portal


New interface to the 2XMM-DR3 catalogue

A new  interface to the 2nd XMM-Newton  Serendipitous Source Catalogue
2XMM-DR3 (see  item #106  of this Newsletter),  offered by the  SSC at
Strasbourg's Observatory, is available at:

http://xcatdb.u-strasbg.fr/ (XCat-DB)

The database provides probabilities of identifications of 2XMM sources
with  SDSS DR7,  GSC2.2,  USNO  A-2.0, USN0  B-1.0  and 2MASS  entries
applying a  likelihood ratio scheme.  A  kernel density classification
method was used to compute  probabilities that each 2XMM sources is of
stellar or  extragalactic nature.   In addition, the  XCat-DB contains
most  of the pipeline  products available  for each  source, including
spectra,  times  series,   finding  charts,  thumbnails  and  proposed
identifications, extracted from about 200 archival catalogues.

Workshop announcement: Charge Exchange 2010

The ESA  Faculty at ESAC is  pleased to announce  the workshop "Charge
Exchange", to be  held from 29 September to 1  October 2010 in Madrid,

Among processes  occurring in plasmas,  the interactions of  ions with
one  another  have  cross-sections  that  often exceed  by  orders  of
magnitude those of collisions involving free electrons. In particular,
the direct transfer  of one or more bound  electrons between states in
colliding  ions, often  including neutral  atoms, is  known  as charge
exchange.  Charge exchange accounts for the X-ray emission from comets
seen by XMM-Newton, Chandra and Suzaku and is known also to be at work
in  plasmas in  fusion devices,  in the  heliosphere and  in supernova
remnant shocks.

This   interdisciplinary  workshop   seeks  to   bring   together  the
laboratory, fusion and astrophysical  communities, to address the role
of ion-ion and ion-neutral collisions  and charge exchange at large in
the cosmos.

Registration and abstract submission are now open at:


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

We are looking forward to  hearing from you about exciting new results
obtained  with  XMM-Newton observations.   Such  results represent  an
important support for the mission.

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  Media Relations
Service team, 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

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