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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #212: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #120

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_/           XMM-NEWTON NEWS #120    ---    10-Mar-2011           _/
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- "The X-ray Universe 2011":
   abstract submission and registration deadlines

- RGS Calibration Status Document updated

- OM Calibration Status Document updated

- Virtual Machines now available for SAS 11.0

- ESA Faculty Workshop "The Starburst-AGN Connection under the
   multiwavelength limelight": registration open

"The X-ray Universe 2011":
abstract submission and registration deadlines

We take  the opportunity to remind  on the deadlines  for the abstract
submission  and registration  for the  conference "The  X-ray Universe
2011", see http://xrayuniverse.esa.int/

Abstract Submission deadline:     21 March 2011
Deadline for Grants applications: 21 March 2011
Early Registration deadline:      28 April 2011

RGS Calibration Status Document updated

A new version  (6.0) of the document describing  the current status of
RGS calibration is now available at:


This document  includes information on the effect  of contamination in
the long-wavelength  sensitivity of the  detectors, on pile-up  in RGS
spectra, and  on how to use,  in simultaneous analysis  of EPIC-pn and
RGS  spectra, the  results  of the  detailed  comparison between  both
instruments (the "RGS-pn rectification")

OM Calibration Status Document updated

A new issue (6.0) of the XMM-Newton Optical and UV Monitor Calibration
Status document has been released.

This new version of the document contains updates on several items:

* clarification of the definition of the photometric zero points
* new bad pixels table
* current trends of the time sensitivity degradation, dark current
   and flat field levels
* large scale sensitivity degradation
* calibration sources
* errors budget

The document is available at:


Virtual Machines now available for SAS 11.0

Virtual machines (32-bit  and 64-bit versions) for SAS  11.0 have been
produced and are available at the usual site for SAS downloads:


The virtual machines have been assembled on Linux Fedora 14 32-bit and
64-bit respectively, and  are tested to work under  Windows, Linux and

Workshop "The Starburst-AGN Connection under the Multiwavelength
Limelight": registration open

The European  Space Agency (ESA)  Space Science Faculty is  pleased to
announce the opening of the registration to the international workshop
"Starburst-AGN  connection under  the multiwavelength  limelight". The
Workshop will  be held  at the ESA's  European Space  Astronomy Centre
(ESAC),  Villanueva  de  la  Canada  (near  Madrid,  Spain)  on  14-16
September 2011.

Deadline for registration and abstract submission is 17 April 2011.

Perspective  participants are  encouraged  to visit  the workshop  web


or contact the workshop organisers at sbagn_esac2011@sciops.esa.int.

The ESAC  Faculty offers  5 grants to  cover travel  and accommodation
expenses  for graduate  students. Applications  should be  sent  by 18
March 2011. The grant  allocation conditions and application forms are
available on the Workshop web page.

Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC

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