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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #271: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #161
XMM-NEWTON NEWS #161 --- 27-Feb-2014
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- XMM-Newton Users Group meeting #15
- XSA v8.2 release with access to the XMM-Newton OM (v2) and the Slew
Survey (Delta-6) Catalogues
- Version 2 of the XMM-Newton OM Catalogue
- Incremental (Delta-6) version of the XMM-Newton Slew Survey Catalogue
- Scientific validation report for SASv13 and SASv13.5
- Let us know about XMM-Newton related Ph.D.
Users Group meeting #15: Invitation from UG chair to contact them
The XMM-Newton Users Group (UG) will hold its yearly meeting next 10th
and 11th April at ESAC. As always, I would like to invite you to
contact any of the members of the UG and/or myself if you have any
sort of feedback, suggestion or topic that you would like the UG to
discuss in relation to the XMM-Newton operations.
I would like to thank very specially the users that have been
suggesting topics to the UG to improve operations of the XMM-Newton
X-ray observatory. And as every year, I'd like to gently remind you
all that the UG resorts very much on your views to fulfil our
mission. Please contact me or any other UG member if you want any
specific topic being addressed in the coming meeting.
Since this will be the last XMM-Newton UG meeting that I will have the
honour to chair, I'd like to thank you all for keeping the observatory
as the most productive ESA science mission.
Thanks for your help,
Xavier Barcons, Chair, XMM-Newton Users Group
A dedicated Web page of the Users Group is available at:
This Web page provides, among other information, the agenda for UG
meeting #15 and contact points for all interested astronomers to send
their comments to the UG members.
XSA v8.2 release with access to the XMM-Newton OM (v2) and the
Slew Survey (Delta-6) Catalogues
A new version of the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA v8.2) is
It includes, besides several improvements, access to version 2 of the
XMM-Newton OM Catalogue and to the incremental version of the
XMM-Newton Slew Survey Source Catalogue, XMMSL1 Delta-6.
New version of the XMM-Newton OM Catalogue
The second version of the XMM-Newton OM Serendipitous Ultraviolet
Source Survey Catalogue (XMM-SUSS2) is available.
The XMM-SUSS2 catalogue can be accessed through the XSA search
interface. Besides, either the complete catalogue or a reduced
version of it can be downloaded.
In addition to covering a larger observation period (2000-2012), this
release differs from the previous one by inclusion of the OM visible
filters, besides the UV filters, and by performing source detection on
stacked images facilitating the detection of fainter sources.
The number of observations included in the catalogue is 6604. The
total number of entries in this second release is more than 5.5
million. They correspond to 4 million sources, of which 17% have
multiple entries corresponding to different observations.
Incremental version of the XMM-Newton Slew Survey Catalogue:
An update to the XMM-Newton Slew Survey Source Catalogue (XMMSL1
Delta-6) is now available. It can be accessed and searched with XSA,
or downloaded as a FITS table from the XSA web page.
The update contains new data from 390 slew observations made between
revolutions 2012 and 2441. The new slews cover 14600 square degrees,
and contain 12000 new detections of which 6500 are new sources in the
clean catalogue. The total sky coverage of the slew catalogue is now
around 65% and the total number of sources in the clean catalogue is
Documentation about the catalogue is available at:
Scientific validation report for SASv13 and SASv13.5
The results of the scientific validation of SAS v13.0 and v13.5 have
been summarised in a report now available under the SAS Scientific
Let us know about XMM-Newton related Ph.D.
The XMM-Newton team is collecting information about the completion of
doctorates and Ph.D. theses based on (or making use of) XMM-Newton
observations. Ideally, it is our intention to collect the complete
list of Ph.D. works based on XMM-Newton data and this is why we need
We would appreciate if you - being a candidate or supervisor of a
doctorate - could let us know the following details:
- Year of the thesis
- Candidate's name
- Supervisor's name
- Thesis Title
- Statement that the thesis is either based on, or making use of,
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sending an e-mail with Subject: "Ph.D. thesis work". The message can
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