The 2nd XRISM Community Workshop

The primary objective of this workshop is to prepare the astronomical community for the upcoming Cycle 1 General Observer (GO) Call for Proposals for XRISM. This workshop will consist of talks and hands-on sessions with experts from the XRISM team that will cover XRISM techniques and software relevant for Cycle 1 proposals, with the goal of maximizing the use of the unique high resolution spectroscopic and imaging data provided by XRISM.

General Information

Date: January 17 - 19, 2024

Location: University of Maryland, College Park
                Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
                Dorothy D. & Nicholas Orem Alumni Hall
                7801 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 20742

Online: A hybrid option will be available. Registration is still required to receive the link for hybrid attendance.

Parking: Riggs Alumni Center Guest Parking. Pay Parking is available in Stadium Drive Garage (SDG) just north of Riggs Alumni Center.


There is no registration fee for this workshop; however, registration is required. Please fill out the registration form by December 22.

For space reasons, in-person attendance at the meeting is limited to 60 participants. If more than 60 participants have registered by December 22, then participation will be determined by a lottery. We will send a notification email by the end of December to those who register for in-person participation. If the demand for online participation is high, we may have to cap the number for practical reasons.

Registration for in-person attendees will include coffee breaks (with light refreshments).

Limited travel support is available for those who would otherwise not be able to attend; see the registration form for details.



The Washington, DC suburb of College Park, MD, is home to the University of Maryland. The area is most easily accessed by flying into one of the three airports in the region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

The area is also accessible via Amtrak, with the closest stops being BWI airport, New Carrollton, or Washington Union Station.

The University can be accessed via the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) metro system, with a stop at College Park on the Green line. It is approximately a 30-35 minute walk to the Riggs Alumni Center from this station.


There is no dedicated block of rooms for this event, but there are a few hotels that serve the UMD Campus.

The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference center is approximately a 12-minute walk to the workshop venue.

The Hotel at the University of Maryland is approximately a 17-minute walk across campus, but provides more food options nearby.


January 17th, Wednesday
Time [EST (UTC-5)] Title Speaker
9:00Welcome messageBrian Williams
9:10XRISM overview / XRISM highlights [video] Rich Kelley
9:40Resolve overview [video] Scott Porter
10:20Xtend overview [video] Kenji Hamaguchi
10:40Coffee break
11:10 Quick overview of all proposal products/tools [video] Koji Mukai
11:25 XRISM response files [video]Mihoko Yukita
11:40 Use of XSPEC for XRISM #1 [video] Keith Arnaud
13:40 XRISM science overview [video]Brian Williams
13:55 Extended source analysis [video]Francois Mernier
14:25 Science: X-ray study of hot plasma spatial distribution in dwarf novae in quiescence [video]Mai Takeo
14:45 Science: Understanding the physical state of hot plasma formed through stellar wind collision in WR140 using high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy [video]Asca Miyamoto
15:05 Science: Post-shock temperature equilibration to be revealed by spatially resolved spectroscopy of SN 1006 with XRISM/Resolve [video]Masahiro Ichihashi
15:25Coffee break
15:55 Make your XRISM feasibility study #1 [video] Francois Mernier
16:25 Bright source mitigation [video]Edmund Hodges-Kluck
16:50Hands-on help
January 18th, Thursday
Time Title Speaker
9:00XRISM pre-pipeline/operations/ToO response, etc [video] Shoji Ogawa
9:30XRISM pipeline tools/software [video] Mike Loewenstein
10:10Coffee break
10:40 Use of XSPEC for XRISM #2 [video] Keith Arnaud
11:10 Science: Is Abell 3667 an offset merger? [video]Yuki Omiya
11:30 Science: Temperature and abundance measurements in galaxy clusters with high energy resolution spectroscopy [video]Marie Kondo
11:50 Science: Revealing the circumnuclear environment of Centaurus A through high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy of the iron emission line [video] Toshiya Iwata
12:10 Science: Constraining the equation of state in neutron stars with XRISM/Resolve [video] Tsubasa Tamba
14:00XSLIDE [video]
15:10Coffee break
15:40Make your own XRISM responses [video] Francois Mernier
16:10 Make your XRISM feasibility study #2 [video] Francois Mernier
January 19th, Friday
Time Title Speaker
9:00AO-1 policies and submission procedures, and RPS [video] Koji Mukai
10:10Coffee break
10:40 Challenges of modelling high resolution spectra [video] Anna Ogorzalek
11:05 Atomic physics issues / diagnostics, uncertainties [video] Javier Garcia
11:30 Science: Geometric constraints for AGN and ULX with XRISM and MONACO [video]Marina Yoshimoto
11:50 Science: X-ray Winds in Nearby-to-distant Galaxies (X-WING): Legacy surveys of galaxies with warm absorbers and UFOs in z~0-4 [video]Satoshi Yamada
12:10 Science: XRISM study on ionized absorbers of MCG-6-30-15 [video]Shoji Ogawa
14:00 Using SimX [video] Randall Smith
14:30 SIXTE Introduction [video] Christian Kirsch
14:45Coffee break
15:05 SIXTE and XRISM hands on tutorial [video] Christian Kirsch
15:50 Simulated Observations of X-ray Sources (SOXS) and PyXSIM [video]John ZuHone
16:05Hands-on help


Please send your questions using the HEASARC feedback form for XRISM.

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