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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #197: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #110
_/ XMM-NEWTON NEWS #110 --- 19-Jul-2010 _/
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- XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-10
- New interface to the 2XMM-DR3 catalogue
- Workshop announcement: Charge Exchange 2010
- Call for XMM-Newton results with potential for ESA press releases
XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-10
The XMM-Newton Users Handbook (UHB) has been updated to version 2.8 in
preparation for the next Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10).
The AO-10 will open on the 24th of August 2010 with a due date for
proposals on the 8th of October 2010 (12:00 UT) (see issue #102 of
this Newsletter for further details). The official "Announcement of
Opportunity" will be made public in a dedicated issue of this
Newsletter and on the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre web site.
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, PDF and postscript versions of the UHB can be
downloaded from the "XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals" portal
New interface to the 2XMM-DR3 catalogue
A new interface to the 2nd XMM-Newton Serendipitous Source Catalogue
2XMM-DR3 (see item #106 of this Newsletter), offered by the SSC at
Strasbourg's Observatory, is available at:
The database provides probabilities of identifications of 2XMM sources
with SDSS DR7, GSC2.2, USNO A-2.0, USN0 B-1.0 and 2MASS entries
applying a likelihood ratio scheme. A kernel density classification
method was used to compute probabilities that each 2XMM sources is of
stellar or extragalactic nature. In addition, the XCat-DB contains
most of the pipeline products available for each source, including
spectra, times series, finding charts, thumbnails and proposed
identifications, extracted from about 200 archival catalogues.
Workshop announcement: Charge Exchange 2010
The ESA Faculty at ESAC is pleased to announce the workshop "Charge
Exchange", to be held from 29 September to 1 October 2010 in Madrid,
Among processes occurring in plasmas, the interactions of ions with
one another have cross-sections that often exceed by orders of
magnitude those of collisions involving free electrons. In particular,
the direct transfer of one or more bound electrons between states in
colliding ions, often including neutral atoms, is known as charge
exchange. Charge exchange accounts for the X-ray emission from comets
seen by XMM-Newton, Chandra and Suzaku and is known also to be at work
in plasmas in fusion devices, in the heliosphere and in supernova
This interdisciplinary workshop seeks to bring together the
laboratory, fusion and astrophysical communities, to address the role
of ion-ion and ion-neutral collisions and charge exchange at large in
Registration and abstract submission are now open at:
Call for XMM-Newton results with potential for ESA press releases
We are looking forward to hearing from you about exciting new results
obtained with XMM-Newton observations. Such results represent an
important support for the mission.
The XMM-Newton team does not have dedicated resources to
systematically monitor astro-ph and the published literature for
interesting new material. However, ESA does have a Media Relations
Service team, who will help arranging appropriate publicity and press
releases. Please remember that they can only start the work once they
know that a result is available and that they need some time to
accommodate the story, since press releases are organised for several
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