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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #285: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #170


             XMM-NEWTON NEWS #170    ---     3-Mar-2015


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- SAS Users Guide updated

- Scientific validation report for SASv14

- Pipeline processing based on SASv14

- XMM-Newton Science Workshop 2015:
  Reminder of deadline for abstracts submission

- The RGS Spectral Atlas

- Old XSA interface discontinued

SAS Users Guide updated

The Users  Guide to  the XMM-Newton Science  Analysis System  has been
updated  for  SAS  version  14.0   in  order  to  include  the latest
information on data analysis methods and updated SAS tasks.

The guide is available from the XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals
Web page (Section: Data Analysis) at:


The html version of the SAS Users Guide can directly be accessed under


As announced in Newsletter#167, data analysis Threads were revised for
SASv14.0 shortly after the SAS release.

Scientific validation report for SASv14.0

The  results  of  the  scientific  validation of  SASv14.0  have been
summarised in  a report available under the  SAS Scientific Validation


Pipeline processing based on SASv14.0

A new version of the XMM-Newton pipeline processing software


was  released in  February. This  pipeline is  based on  SASv14.0 and,
therefore,  includes the  latest  corrections for  the EPIC-pn energy
scale. A detailed description as well as a summary of the changes with
respect to the previous pipeline can be found in the release notes


XMM-Newton Science Workshop 2015: Deadline for abstracts submission

As  announced in previous  issues of  this Newsletter,  the XMM-Newton
Science  Operations Centre  is  organising the  science workshop "The
Extremes of Black Hole Accretion" from  8th to 10th June 2015 at ESAC,


Abstract submission for presentations is possible until Monday 23rd
March 2015 via


The RGS Spectral Atlas

The RGS  Spectral Atlas is a  collection of plots of  the best quality
RGS  spectra grouped  according to  the physical  type of  the target,
based on the Simbad classification.

The  data shown  are RGS1+RGS2  first order  fluxed spectra,  with the
identifications  of   the  emission  lines  relevant   for  each type
overplotted on them.

The atlas is now available at


Old XSA interface discontinued

As announced in a previous issue of this Newsletter


the old  XSA v7.2 java interface and the associated AIO client files
have  been discontinued.  Discontinuation  took place on the 19th of
February 2015.   People that were still using the java interface and
old AIO clients are recommended to check the  XSA notes and watchouts


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