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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #236: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #138
_/ XMM-NEWTON NEWS #138 --- 03-Aug-2012 _/
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- SAS Users Guide and related documentation updated
- Update of the EPIC Calibration Status Document
- STScI Initiative "Deep Fields: Beyond the HUDF"
SAS Users Guide and related documentation updated
The Users Guide to the XMM-Newton Science Analysis System has been
updated for SAS version 12.0 in order to include the latest
information on data analysis methods and updated SAS tasks.
The guide is available from the XMM-Newton Proposers Info Documents
and Manuals Web page (Section: Data Analysis) at:
The html version of the SAS Users Guide can directly be accessed under
We remind that the XMM-Newton SOC provides additional information on
the XMM-Newton data analysis through dedicated web pages, which have
also been updated for SAS 12 and which are regularly updated when
needed, in particular the third one below (SAS watchouts),
- a repository of "SAS Threads", which are command recipes intended to
help users to reduce and analyse XMM-Newton data. They cover from
the basic system set-up to more complex instrument specific
topics. The threads can be found at:
- the "SAS Inverse Index", that allows users to identify individual
SAS tasks, or groups of tasks, needed to be executed in order to
perform a given scientific analysis job. The index can be found at:
- "SAS watchout pages", where important issues concerning SAS and
XMM-Newton data analysis are collected, along with recommended
workarounds and/or solutions, as well as useful tricks and tips, at:
Update of the EPIC Calibration Status Document
The EPIC Calibration Status Document
has been updated to reflect the status as implemented in SASv12 and in
the calibration files released alongside it. The main changes with
respect to the previous version describe:
* the effect of the new SAS task "epspatialcti" to calculate a
spatially-dependent gain correction in EPIC-pn
* the implementation of the "time-variable boresight" concept
* the ELLBETA PSF model as default in the SAS
* an update of EPIC-pn Long-Term CTI calibration
as well as routine updates of instrument monitoring results as far as
resolution, accuracy of the energy reconstruction, and
relative/absolute timing accuracy are concerned.
STScI Initiative "Deep Fields: Beyond the HUDF"
The Space Telescope Science Institute is soliciting input from the
community on a potentially important new initiative
"Deep Fields: Beyond the HUDF"
that can be addressed by the Hubble Space Telescope in future
cycles. One difference compared to previous HDF/HUDFs is that this
time coordination across a number of major space observatories is
being attempted. One such observatory is XMM-Newton. Please note that
no decisions in any direction have been taken and that each
observatory will decide for itself based on its own rules. Interested
individuals/groups in the XMM-Newton community may wish to participate
in the formulation of the science case in general, and for a possible
XMM-Newton participation in particular. If you want to contribute to
the formulation of the science case, please consult
Input should be sent to the (Hubble) Deep Fields Working Group at
deepfields(at)stsci.edu with copy to XMM-Newton Project Scientist
The deadline for this input is 31 August 2012.
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