Centaurus Cluster:  A cluster of galaxies about 170 million light years from Earth, located in the constellation Centaurus.
NASA/IoA/J.Sanders & A.Fabian
4th International X-ray Astronomy School 

August 15-19, 2005

Cambridge, MA
Center for Astrophysics.

Registration Deadline:  June 30, 2005

Program Schedule

1E0657-56:  An extremely hot galaxy cluster about 4 billion light years from Earth
Credit: NASA/SAO/CXC/M.Markevitch et al.

2005 X-ray Astronomy School Announcement
Goals and Purpose
Program and Schedule
Registration Information
Accommodation Information

If you want to get an idea  of what we will cover, please look at the lectures offered at the 2003 X-ray school.

The actual program has not been finalized yet but the bigest difference with past years is that this year school will combine lectures and hands-on work.

Mornings will be devoted to classes and afternoons to hands-on sessions with computer and work with real data.

We strongly recommend that you come with a laptop with the following softwares already installed (consider this as the first exercice of the X-ray school).

CIAO    -- Requirements  --   Download 
SAS       -- Requirements  --   Download 
HEASOFT  -- Download

There will be few machines available but these should be viewed as last resort for people who do not have the possibilities of bringing their own computer.

There will be Internet access provided.

We expect the students to work on a (small) project and present something by the end of the school.

Here is a FINAL schedule for the school:

Monday, August 15

8:45-9:00 Welcoming remarks
Aneta Siemiginowska
9:00-9:55 Introduction to X-ray astronomy (PDF, PPT)
Keith Arnaud
10.00-10:45 X-ray Optics (PDF)
Dan Schwartz

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 Clusters (PDF)
Maxim Markevitch
11:45-12:30 Emission I (PDF, PPT)
Randall Smith

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-2:15 Statistics (PDF)
Aneta Siemiginowska
2:15-3:00 Stars
Jeremy Drake

3:00-3:15 Coffee Break

3:15-4:15 Software, archive and other related issues (PDF, PPT)
Keith Arnaud
4:15-6:00 Setting up of students with machines
All instructors

Tuesday, August 16

9:00-9:45 Emission II (PDF, PPT)
Randall Smith
9:45-10:30 CCD Detectors (PDF)
Catherine Grant

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 AGN (PDF, PPT)
Antonella Fruscione
11:30-12:15 PC and other detector techniques (PDF)
Richard Edgar

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-5:00 Work on data/projects

Wednesday, August 17

9:00-9:45 Emission III (PDF, PPT)
Randall Smith
9:45-10:30 CVs
Jennifer Sokoloski

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 Supernova Remnants (PDF)
Paul Plucinsky
11:30-12:15 More on Software/Calibration (PDF, PPT),  (PDF)
Keith Arnaud & Aneta Siemiginowska 

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-5:00 Work on data/projects

Thursday, August 18

9:00-9:45 Surveys (PDF)
Paul Green
9:45-10:30 Quasars and gravitational lensing (PDF, PPT)
Tom Aldcroft

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 Timing (PDF)
Mike Nowak
11:30-12:15 ISM (PPT)
Kip Kuntz

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-5:00 Work on data/projects

5:00 - ???
Student's night

Friday, August 19

9:00-12:30 Finalizing projects

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30-5:00 Presentations of student's work

Free readers for PDF and PPT files.

Any questions regarding the school should be directed to

Meeting organized jointly  by:
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Chandra X-ray Observatory Center logo
NASA Goddard Space 
Flight Center
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, Operated by SAO for NASA

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