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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #288: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #173


             XMM-NEWTON NEWS #173    ---    30-Jun-2015


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- XMM-Newton Users Group Meeting: Presentations available

- Patch to SAS 14.0.0

- XSA v8.5 released

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

XMM-Newton Users Group Meeting: Presentations available

The  XMM-Newton Users  Group met  on  the 21st  and 22nd  May 2015  at
ESAC. The presentations of the meeting are available at


Patch to SAS 14.0.0

A "leap  second" will  be added on  30th June at  midnight Coordinated
Universal  Time (UTC).   Therefore a  SAS alignment  taking  this into
account  has  become necessary.   If  your  data  analysis depends  on
absolute times,  please make  sure that you  download and  install the
corresponding  patch,  Patch  utils-1.130.1,  that  includes  the new
leapsec.dat file and is available at


ready  for  download  and   inclusion  into  an  existing  SAS 14.0.0
installation.  A  short "Readme" file  with instructions on how to do
this is also provided at the given ftp address.

XSA v8.5 released

A new version of the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSAv8.5) was released
on 27th May 2015, and is available at the usual location


Main  improvements are  the addition  of  new columns  in the results
panel, and  the correction of  problems related to sending results to
TOPCAT and launching the SAMP Hub from XSA image postcards. Additional
patches were released along June 2015 to solve some minor issues.

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.  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

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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.

Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC

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