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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #233: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #135

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_/           XMM-NEWTON NEWS #135    ---    05-Jun-2012           _/
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- Version 12.0 of the Science Analysis System (SAS) released

- XMM-Newton Users Group:
   Minutes of meeting and presentations available

Version 12.0 of the Science Analysis System (SAS) released

The XMM-Newton SAS  team is pleased to announce the  release  of a new
version of the SAS: SAS 12.0.

Binaries  for diverse flavours  of Linux  and MacOs  (both in  32- and
64-bit native versions) are available at:


The main improvements of this release can be summarised as follows:

* Introduction of a time variable  boresight, for coping with the time
  dependency observed in  the alignment of the axes  of the optical and
  X-ray cameras to the star tracker.

* Final establishment of  the 2D-PSF as the default  EPIC point spread
  function. This model reproduces more accurately the detailed shape of
  the  PSF, including the  spoke structures.

* Release  of the task  "epspatialcti", to  correct the  EPIC-pn final
  event list for the pixel-to-pixel changes in the CCDs Charge Transfer

* Introduction  of  the  task  "catcorr",  for  cross  correlation  of
  detected  sources with  several catalogues  (USNO-B, 2MASS  and SDSS)
  with the aim of increasing the accuracy of coordinates.

* Introduction  of the  task  "epnoise", to  remove  soft X-ray  noisy
  frames from EPIC-pn data, updating accordingly the exposure time.

* Release  of the  task  "heliocentriccorr" for  determination of  the
  heliocentric correction to be applied  to the wavelength scale of RGS

* Upgrade of the OM task "omprep" and the OM processing chains so that
  the user can choose the source for attitude reconstruction.

We have  produced for the first  time a 64-bit SAS  version for MacOs,
adding to the suite of 64-bit  Linux versions released with SAS 11.  A
Darwin 11.4 (Lion) MacOSX version  is also included for the first time
in this release.

For further details please visit the SAS Pages at:


XMM-Newton Users Group:
Minutes of meeting and presentations available

The XMM-Newton Users  Group met on the 19th and 20th  of April 2012 at
ESAC. The minutes were approved on  the 27th of May and are available,
together with the presentations of the meeting, at:


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