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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #183: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #98

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_/            XMM-NEWTON   NEWS   #98  ---   14-Oct-2009          _/
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  - XMM-Newton AO-9 closure
  - New version of the XMM-Newton Data Files Handbook released
  - Conference "High-resolution X-ray Spectroscopy: past, present and
    future": deadline for abstract submission

XMM-Newton AO-9 closure

The XMM-Newton ninth Announcement  of Opportunity (AO-9) closed on the
9th of October 2009.

In  total, 539  valid  proposals were  submitted  requesting in  total
111688 ks of  science time. This Announcement of  Opportunity covers a
period  of one  year with  14500 ks  of observing  time  available for
distribution. The over- subscription factor is 7.7.

In   total  70   proposals  for   "Large  Programs"   were  submitted.
Triggered/TOO  observations are  requested  in 34  proposals. For  the
joint programs the SOC received 11 proposals.

SOC received proposals from 399 different principal investigators from
24 countries, mostly  ESA member states, the United  States and Japan.
The number  of countries involved increases to  35 if co-investigators
are taken  into account  as well. Considering  principal investigators
and co-investigators,  about 1400 individual  scientists were involved
in the response to the ninth Announcement of Opportunity.

New version of the XMM-Newton Data Files Handbook released

A  revised  version of  the  XMM-Newton  Data  Files Handbook  is  now
available on the XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals web page at:


under the subsection 'Data Handling'.

The  Data  Files  Handbook  is  intended  as  a  reference  book  with
descriptions  of all files  that an  XMM-Newton user  might encounter.
The  main chapters are  descriptions of  uncalibrated files  (known as
ODF), calibration  files (known as  CCF), and calibrated  events files
for each instrument (event files  produced by the SAS tasks).  It also
contains a brief summary of the pipeline products.

Conference  "High-resolution  X-ray  Spectroscopy: past, present and
future": deadline for abstract submission

As announced in issue #95 of the XMM-Newton Newsletter, the conference
"High-resolution X-ray Spectroscopy: past, present and future" will be
held on March 15-17, 2010 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The  deadline for  abstract  submission for  an  oral presentation  is
November  1st, 2009. The  deadline for  early registration  is January
15th, 2010.

More information and links to the abstract submission and registration
pages are available from the conference website at:


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