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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #201: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #113

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_/           XMM-NEWTON  NEWS   #113   ---  30-Sep-2010           _/
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- User Guide to the XMM-Newton SAS v10.0

- Data Analysis Threads for SAS v10.0

- New XMM-Newton 'blank sky' background events files

- Updated Filter Wheel Closed repository

User Guide to the XMM-Newton SAS v10.0

XMM-Newton SOC has  released the User Guide to  the XMM-Newton Science
Analysis  System for SAS  version 10.0  (announced in  XMM-Newton NEWS
#107).  The  guide is available in different  formats (postscript, pdf
and html) from the XMM-Newton Proposers Documents and Manuals Web page
(Section: Data Analysis) at:


Data Analysis Threads for SAS v10.0

SAS threads are simple examples  intended to help users, in particular
beginners, to reduce and analyse  XMM-Newton data. They cover from the
basic system set-up to the most complex topics.

SAS analysis threads  have been revised to reflect  the latest changes
included in  version 10.0 and  to change the  style in which  they are
presented  to  the users.   New  threads  have  been added  like,  for
example, "How to process EPIC  slew data" or "Combining the spectra of
the 3 EPIC cameras".

The new version of the threads can be found at:


New XMM-Newton 'blank sky' background events files

The EPIC Background Working Group announces an update of the blank sky
project. The entire XMM-Newton EPIC database up to revolution 1789 has
been reprocessed for blank sky  usage with SAS version 9.0.0. Improved
resolved point source removal  and additional bad pixel filtering have
been implemented.

Users  can request  blank sky  files specifically  tuned to  their own
particular needs, e.g., from a  region centred on their target, from a
period  centred   around  the  date  of  their   observation  or  from
observations  of similar duration.   Files such  as these  have proved
extremely useful in the analysis  of diffuse or extended sources which
cover  moderate to large  areas of  the detector  field of  view, thus
preventing the usage of any 'local' background.

The relevant web page can be found at:


Updated Filter Wheel Closed repository

The  EPIC  Background  Working   Group  announces  an  update  of  the
XMM-Newton Filter  Wheel Closed repository. This  new version includes
data up  to January 2010 for both  the MOS and pn  cameras.  Also, new
features have been added to the Web pages like the inclusion of camera
images  in  different  energy  ranges,  count rate  light  curves  and
a comparison to the data from the EPIC Radiation Monitor.

More information can be found at:


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