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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #302: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #183
XMM-NEWTON NEWS #183 --- 18-May-2016
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- Users Group Meeting #17: Invitation from UG chair to contact them
- XSA v9.0 released
- New Pipeline processing based on SASv15.0
- Web page with XMM-Newton related Ph.D. available
- Conference Announcement:"ULXs and Their Environments"
Users Group Meeting #17: Invitation from UG chair to contact them
The XMM-Newton Users Group (UG) will be holding its yearly meeting this
coming June 7th and 8th, at ESAC in Spain.
As is usual the UG welcomes all comments and suggestions on any relevant
aspect of XMM-Newton operations and future direction. You may send
these either directly to me, or if you prefer to any member of the UG.
I would like to note that later this year we will be seeking a mission
extension for the XMM-Newton project. In this context there was a recent
meeting titled "XMM-Newton: The Next Decade", held at ESAC, with 150
participants. This meeting included more than 100 talks, posters and
panel discussions, covering the diverse aspects of XMM-Newton
science. It is clear that new areas ideally suited to XMM-Newton's
strengths, are opening up all the time. As a consequence we should
consider how best to exploit these opportunities in terms of
modifications to time allocation strategy and scheduling procedures. The
community will be given the chance to contribute to this debate, as well
as suggesting which areas of science should be emphasised. As a start of
this process the community is invited to submit initial thoughts to the
UG, via Norbert Schartel, for consideration at the next UG meeting.
With the community's help, we will strive to ensure the continuation of
XMM-Newton's unique contribution to astrophysics.
Martin Ward, UG-Chair
The agenda for UG meeting #17 and contact information of the UG chair
and all the other UG members are available at
XSA v9.0 released
A new version of the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSAv9.0) is available at
The most important changes are:
- New columns can be selected for display in the different Results tabs.
- OM combined images are shown in the Observation Details panel. They
can also be displayed in the Observations Results panel.
- The new pipeline product "EPIC 3 Colour Image" is shown instead of the
EPIC combined image, when available.
- More command line and URL options have been added to directly access
XSA data, see http://nxsa.esac.esa.int/nxsa-web/#aio
- A new XSA Table Access Protocol (TAP) has been implemented, allowing
access to the XSA database information.
- Links to XCat-DB (http://xcatdb.unistra.fr) information are provided
for 3XMM-DR5 sources.
New Pipeline processing based on SAS15.0
A new version of the pipeline processing software for XMM-Newton data
was released on April 28th. This pipeline is based on SASv15.0 and its
main novelties are source detection on OM stacked images and a new
algorithm to define the background extraction regions associated to
A detailed description as well as a summary of the changes with respect
to the previous pipeline can be found in the release notes
The document that describes the pipeline products has been updated
accordingly. It can be found at:
Web page with XMM-Newton related Ph.D. available
As announced in Newsletter #182, details about doctorates and
Ph.D. theses based on (or making use of) XMM-Newton observations are now
publicly available at
We invite you, being a candidate or supervisor of such a doctorate, to
check for correctness and inform us by 1st June 2016 about any change
request. Please do so by filling an electronic form accessible from the
For additional and future entries to our list, please, continue using
that form, even after the deadline.
Conference announcement: "ULXs and Their Environments"
The workshop "ULXs and Their Environments" will take place at the
Observatoire de Strasbourg (France), from the 13th to the 16th of June
The purpose of this workshop is to present recent progress on ULX
science, with emphasis on discussions.
Topics to be addressed include, among others: new theories and
observations of disk accretion and outflows; feedback, bubbles, and
jet/wind interactions with the ISM; hyperluminous, ultrasoft and
transient ULXs; stellar evolution leading to a ULX population; searches
for radio and UV/optical/IR counterparts; plans for future XMM-Newton,
Chandra, Swift and NuSTAR studies (and, in the long term, Athena).
Further information can be found at
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