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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #205: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #115

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_/           XMM-NEWTON NEWS #115    ---    25-Nov-2010           _/
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- XMM-Newton Mission Extended

- New version of the Upper Limit Server available

- Workshop announcement: "Starburst-AGN connection under the
multiwavelength limelight"

XMM-Newton Mission Extended

At their 130th meeting on  18/19 November 2010 ESA's Science Programme
Committee unanimously  approved an extension  of XMM-Newton operations
until 31  December 2012.  They  also approved an  indicative extension
until 31  December 2014, subject to  a mid-term review in  2012 on the
regular two-year cycle.

Further details of the outcome of this meeting can be found at


New version of the Upper Limit Server available

A new version of the Upper Limit Server (ULS), a tool to provide upper
limits  and fluxes  from XMM-Newton  observations, has  been released.
This  release  includes  support   for  XMM-Newton  slew  and  pointed
observations and allows the user to select a significance level.

The ULS tool, as well as its Users Guide are available at


Workshop announcement:
"Starburst-AGN connection under the multiwavelength limelight"

The ESA Space Science Faculty is pleased to announce the international

     "Starburst-AGN connection under the multiwavelength limelight"

The workshop  will be held at  the European Space  Astronomy Centre of
ESA  (ESAC), Villanueva  de  la Canada  (Madrid,  Spain) on  September
14-16, 2011.

A harvest  of new data  has been recently  collected in this  field by
space- (Chandra,  Herschel, HST, Integral,  Spitzer, XMM-Newton, among
others) and  ground-based facilities  in different energy  bands. This
Workshop aims  at gathering observational  and theoretical astronomers
so as to answer the following questions:

   * The  "Starburst-AGN Connection":  a causal  relation?   With which
   * "Starburst-AGN Connection" at low  and high redshift: any evidence
     for evolution?
   * Is there a connection between AGN obscuration and star formation?
   * In which way are the star formation and AGN phenomena  affected by
     the environment?
   * Do stars contribute to AGN fuelling?

Perspective  participants are  encouraged  to visit  the workshop  web


or contact the workshop organisers at sbagn_esac2011@sciops.esa.int.

Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC

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