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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #039: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #10

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_/                 XMM-NEWTON NEWS #10   ---    17-Sep-2001                 _/
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                ESA, XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre at
            Villafranca del Castillo, Satellite Tracking Station
                P.O. Box - Apdo. 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain


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           - S h i f t of deadline for XMM-Newton AO2 
	   - S h i f t of deadline for November 2001 symposium/
             3rd announcement
	   - Pipeline re-processing of pn extended full frame mode data
	   - Processing of observations with EPIC cal-closed exposures
Dear Colleagues,

S h i f t of deadline for XMM-Newton AO2
Following the recent tragic events in the US, the project scientist has 
decided to extend the deadline for the submission of XMM-Newton AO-2
proposals to:

25-October-2001 12:00 UT  !!!

Pls. note that for common ESO/XMM-Newton proposals the deadlines (see 
section 5.2.4 of the "Policies and Procedures" document) still apply.

S h i f t of deadline for November 2001 symposium/3rd announcement

                 New Visions of the X-ray Universe
                 in the XMM-Newton and Chandra era
                       26-30 November 2001
                 ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands



* extension of Abstract deadline: now October 1st 2001
* update on Symposium workshops
* selection of oral presentations
* update on on-line abstract submission
* reminder of deadlines


Due to the recent tragic events in the US, the abstract deadline for the
"New Visions" Symposium will be extended to Monday, October 1st 2001.


Workshop WA1 on "Cooling flows" will not now be included in the Symposium
programme. Papers submitted for this workshop will be accommodated in
the plenary sessions if selected for oral presentation, or as posters

The remaining workshops will go ahead as announced. Each workshop has
a coordinator who is responsible, in conjunction with the Scientific
Organising Committee, for the workshop's programme. Those interested
in participating in the workshops are invited to contact the
coordinator directly to discuss possible contributions, although all
workshop presentations MUST nevertheless be accompanied by an abstract
submitted through the on-line system.

Poster papers *only* will be accepted on topics related to the data
analysis workshops (WA3/WB3) as these will be practical, hands-on

The workshop coordinators are as follows;

Workshop WA2
XMM instrument calibration: Dave Lumb <dlumb@astro.estec.esa.nl>

Workshop WB1
X-ray surveys and follow-up programmes: Mike Watson <mgw@star.le.ac.uk>

Workshop WB2
Plasma processes, diagnostics & code: Jelle Kaastra <j.kaastra@sron.nl>

Workshop WA3/WB3
XMM Data analysis workshops I/II: Christian Erd <cerd@astro.estec.esa.nl>


As previously announced, the Scientific Organising Committee will
select some papers for oral presentation, other contributed papers
will be presented in the form of posters.

The Scientific Organising Committee also intends to select a limited
number of additional "invited" papers from the abstracts received.
Such papers will be allocated a longer slot in the programme.


The on-line system has recently been updated so that the choice of
topics offered on the forms more correctly matches the symposium

Symposium participants are reminded that only abstracts submitted
through the on-line system can be considered for the Symposium.


Abstract deadline                                       1 October   2001*
Registration deadline                                   1 November  2001
Hotel reservation deadline                             30 September 2001
Scientific programme announced                        ~10 October   2001*
(& notification to authors of oral or poster presentation)
Paper submission                                       31 January   2002

* revised

Pipeline re-processing of pn extended full frame mode data
Observation data files (ODFs) containing pn exposures in "Extended Full Frame"
mode are currently being re-processed by the Survey Science Center. 

This activity allows previously unrecognized pn exposures to be correctly
processed by the SAS. The re-processed pipeline products (of all instruments), 
together with the corresponding ODFs, are being shipped to the PI. 
Some XMM-Newton PIs will therefore receive within the next weeks a second 
copy of their XMM-Newton data CD-ROM. The CD will most likely contain 
additional pn PPS data with respect to the first delivery, together with a 
more recent processing of data from all other instruments. 

Processing of observations with EPIC cal-closed exposures
EPIC monitoring observations with the filter wheel in position "closed" or 
"cal-closed" are performed in the ascending/descending parts of a revolution 
prior/posterior to the time when EPIC scientific observations are possible.
This means that in addition to EPIC data only useful for calibration, on 
target OM and RGS scientific data are collected in parallel.
These are pipeline processed and shipped to the PI. 
As the EPIC exposures do not contain any scientific data related to a
guaranteed or open time proposal, this data will not be processed by the
SSC pipeline and hence no EPIC products from these exposures are delivered 
to the PI.

With best regards,

The XMM-Newton SOC.

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