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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report # 159: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #79

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_/            XMM-NEWTON NEWS #79   ---    18-Jul-2008            _/
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  - XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-8
  - XMM-Newton Conference "The X-ray Universe 2008":
    Presentations and Posters available on-line
  - ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science
  - Update of EPIC-pn Charge Transfer Inefficiency Calibration File
  - 2XMM Catalogue Paper submitted to A&A
  - 8th ESAC SAS Workshop: Presentations available

XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-8

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook (UHB) has been updated to version
2.6 in preparation for the next Announcement of Opportunity (AO-8)
and reflecting latest in-flight experience.

The AO-8 will open on the 26th of August 2008 with a due date
for proposals on the 10th of October 2008 (12:00 UT) (for further
details, see XMM-NEWTON NEWS #73).

The UHB contains information on the instrumentation on board
XMM-Newton and serves as the main technical support document for
proposal preparation, based on which potential XMM-Newton users
can assess the technical feasibility of their planned observations.

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook is available on-line at


Alternatively, postscript and PDF versions of the UHB can be
downloaded from the "XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals"
portal at


XMM-Newton Conference "The X-ray Universe 2008":
Presentations and Posters available on-line

Presentations, posters and conference photos of the XMM-Newton
Conference "The X-ray Universe 2008", that took place in Granada
from the 27th to the 30th of May 2008, are available on-line at:


ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships
each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young
scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means
of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA
Science Programme. Areas of research include astronomy and
astrophysics, planetary science, solar and solar-terrestrial
science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships
are tenable at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in
Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain, or at the European
Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk,

Astronomy and Astrophysics research opportunities with XMM-Newton
science staff at ESAC include: Research on high energy emission of
(massive) stars, X-ray binaries, galaxies, AGNs and high
resolution X-ray spectroscopy using XMM-Newton data [contact
Norbert Schartel (Norbert.Schartel@sciops.esa.int) for details].

Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates
within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding
a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence
of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

The deadline for the 2009 call for applications is 1 October 2008.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space
Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the
application form can be found on the internet at:


Update of EPIC-pn Charge Transfer Inefficiency Calibration File

In the EPIC-pn Charge Transfer Inefficiency (CTI) Current
Calibration File (CCF) version #17 (publicly released on April 1,
2008) one of the parameters was accidentally modified to a wrong
value. The modification affects observations in the following pn
modes: Small and Large Window, Timing and Burst. Calibration Index
Files (CIF) generated with the "analysisdate" between April 1 and
July 9 2008 pick up this incorrect calibration file. This change
may introduce shifts in the determination of, e.g., the Fe K-alpha
fluorescent line centroid energy up to ~60 eV. More information can
be found in the CCF release note available at:


Data analysis of pn exposures in one of the aforementioned modes
performed with issues #17 and #18 of this CCF is potentially
affected by this problem. Users are recommended to reduce the data
again (from the "epproc" or "epchain" stage onwards) with Issue#19,
currently available in the public CCF data repository.

If you are unsure on which issue of the EPIC-pn CTI CCF your data
were reduced, you can check it by looking at the value of the ISSUE
column of your CIF, corresponding to the row: SCOPE='EPN' and

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused to you.

2XMM Catalogue Paper submitted to A&A

A paper describing the creation and characteristics of the 2XMM
catalogue has been submitted for publication in Astronomy &

The paper has also been posted on the astro-ph preprint server,
with reference: Watson et al. arXiv:0807.1067

As announced in the XMM-Newton Newsletter #68, the 2XMM catalogue
and related products are available from the XSA:

and also with full documentation via the XMM-Newton SSC website:

8th ESAC SAS Workshop: Presentations available

Presentations given at the 8th Science Analysis System (SAS)
Workshop, which was held at ESAC from the 24th to the 27th of June
2008 are now available on-line at:


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