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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #231: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #133

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_/           XMM-NEWTON NEWS #133    ---    02-Mar-2012           _/
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             XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre at
              ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre,
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- Pipeline processing carried out by the SOC

- Users Group Meeting #13: invitation from UG to contact them for comments

- "Galaxy Clusters as Giant Cosmic Laboratories":
   Deadline for abstract submission

- Let us know about XMM-Newton related Ph.D.

- Meeting announcement: "The Second LOFT Science Meeting"

Pipeline processing carried out by the SOC

As of 1st  March 2012, pipeline processing of  XMM-Newton science data
is being routinely carried out  by the Science Operations Centre (SOC)
at ESAC.

This  follows the  successful transfer  to the  SOC of  the processing
system developed by the XMM-Newton  Survey Science Centre (SSC) led by
Leicester University. The SSC  consortium have, to date, developed and
operated the pipeline processing on  behalf of ESA.  In the future the
SSC  will have  a  continuing project  role  which will  focus on  the
production  of  a 3XMM  catalogue,  whilst  also  continuing with  its
contribution  to  the routine  scientific  screening  of the  pipeline
products,  SAS  development and  the  generation of  cross-correlation
products via  the ACDS (Archival Catalogue and  Database Subsystem) at
Strasbourg  Astronomical  Observatory.   This  change  in  operational
responsibilities  is not  expected to  have any  impact  on XMM-Newton

Users Group Meeting #13: invitation from UG to contact them for comments

The XMM-Newton Users Group (UG) will hold its yearly meeting next 19th
and  20th April  at  ESAC. As  on  previous occasions,  we invite  all
XMM-Newton users to send to any of the members of the UG or to myself,
the UG  chair, any topics  that you deem  need to be discussed  at the
meeting. Remember that  our remit is to indicate  to the project those
areas where actions need to be taken to improve the operations and the
scientific return  of the mission.   For this we absolutely  need your

Note the new UG membership:

X. Barcons (chair), M. Cappi, A. Decourchelle, C. Done, M. Guedel,
F. Haberl, M. Mendez, R.F. Mushotzky and C. Sarazin.

Thanks for your help,

Xavier Barcons, Chair, XMM-Newton Users Group

A dedicated Web page of the Users Group is available at:


This Web  page provides, among  other information, the  contact points
for  all interested  astronomers  to  send their  comments  to the  UG

"Galaxy Clusters as Giant Cosmic Laboratories":
Deadline for abstract submission

We take the opportunity to remind on today's deadline for the abstract
submission  for  the XMM-Newton  Workshop  "Galaxy  Clusters as  Giant
Cosmic Laboratories".

Please submit your abstracts by  the end of today through the Workshop
Web page at:


Let us know about XMM-Newton related Ph.D.

The XMM-Newton team is  collecting information about the completion of
doctorates and  Ph.D. theses  based on (or  making use  of) XMM-Newton
observations since the launch of the mission.

This information  is one of the  measures of the  scientific impact of
XMM-Newton  and  represents  an  important support  for  the  mission.
Ideally, it  is our  intention to collect  the complete list  of Ph.D.
works based on XMM-Newton data and this is why we need your help.

We would  appreciate if  you -  being a candidate  or supervisor  of a
doctorate - could let us know the following details:

- Year of the thesis
- Candidate's name
- Supervisor's name
- Institution
- Thesis Title
- Statement that the thesis is either based on, or making use of,
   XMM-Newton observations

Please contact us through the helpdesk at:


sending an e-mail  with Subject: "Ph.D. thesis work".  The message can
be flagged as private.  In  any case, all provided information will be
handled confidentially.

Meeting announcement: "The Second LOFT Science Meeting"

The LOFT  consortium is  pleased to announce  the Second  LOFT Science
Meeting,  that will be  held in  Toulouse (France)  from 24th  to 27th
September 2012.

LOFT, the Large  Observatory For X-ray Timing, is one  of the four ESA
Cosmic Vision mission candidates competing for a launch opportunity at
the start  of 2020s. Following  the successful first  science meeting,
the LOFT Consortium is pleased to invite the community to discover the
progresses  achieved  in  the  instruments design  and  contribute  to
finalising the LOFT Yellow Book.

Information about registration and abstract submission can be found at
the meeting official web-page:


Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC

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