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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #303: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #184
XMM-NEWTON NEWS #184 --- 5-Jul-2016
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- Release of the new version the XMM-Newton Serendipitous Source
Catalogue: 3XMM (DR6)
- XSA v9.1 release with access to the 3XMM (DR6) catalogue
- Release of ESASky v1.0
- FLIX upper-limit server updated
- ESA Research Fellowship in Space Science at ESAC
Release of the new version the XMM-Newton Serendipitous Source
Catalogue 3XMM (DR6)
A new version of the XMM-Newton EPIC Serendipitous Source Catalogue,
3XMM-DR6, has been released. The catalogue includes more than two years
of additional data with respect to 3XMM-DR5, with 678680 detections
which relate to 468440 unique sources from 9160 observations that were
public by the 31st January 2016. 3XMM-DR6 covers a total sky area, with
at least 1 ks exposure, of ~982 square degrees if overlaps are taken
into account, where some regions of the sky have been pointed as many as
50 times. This represents an increase of approximately 18% in terms of
unique sources compared with 3XMM-DR5, that was released in April 2015.
Around 10% of the detections are classified as extended, and spectra and
time series have been extracted for around 22% of the sources. The
positional uncertainty of the catalogue detections is generally less
than 3 arcseconds (90% confidence) and the astrometric quality of 3XMM
is improved with respect to prior releases. Typical sensitivities in
the catalogue are ~6E-15 and ~1.5E-14 erg/cm2/s in the soft (0.2-2 keV)
and hard (2-12 keV) X-ray band, respectively.
The creation of the 3XMM catalogue is a joint venture carried out by the
XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre Consortium. The catalogue is described
in the paper Rosen, Webb, Watson et al. 2016, A&A, 590, 1. Details of
the catalogue, the catalogue files and full 3XMM documentation are
FITS files containing summary information about the observations used in
the catalogue are also provided. FITS and CSV versions of the full 3XMM
catalogue and a slimline version of the FITS file are also available for
The slimline version has only one row per unique source (rather than per
detection as in the main catalogue) and a reduced number of columns that
essentially pertain to the unique source quantities.
Alongside the XSA user interface, 3XMM is also distributed through:
XCATDB .... http://xcatdb.unistra.fr/3xmmdr6
LEDAS ..... http://www.ledas.ac.uk
HEASARC ... http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/W3Browse/xmm-newton/xmmssc.html
IRAP ...... http://xmm-catalog.irap.omp.eu/
XSA v9.1 release with access to the 3XMM (DR6) Catalogue
A new version of the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA v9.1) is available
It includes access to the incremental version of the EPIC (3XMM-DR6)
catalogue and, among other improvements, a new visualisation of the
results for a search on a list of objects.
Details can be found at
Release of ESASky v1.0
The first version of ESASky has been released and can be accessed at
This new web service provides multi-wavelength visualization and access
to the public data of ESA astronomy missions, and some non-ESA missions
that are being incorporated regularly. It uses Aladin Lite, which has
been developed at the Centre de Donnees Astronomiques de Strasbourg in
Progressive XMM-Newton EPIC and OM images have been integrated into
ESASky by projecting the footprints of the exposures onto the sky. They
can be visualized together with similar high-level data products of
other missions. EPIC and OM catalogue sources, as well as sources from
catalogues in other wavelengths, can be overlaid on the sky images.
Direct links from the ESASky images and catalogues to the XMM-Newton
Science Archive (XSA) allow to get specific information or to download
the selected data.
FLIX upper-limit server updated
The FLIX upper-limit server, a service hosted by LEDAS, has recently
been updated to include all observations used in DR5 of the 3XMM
serendipitous source catalogue. This tool is available at
ESA Research Fellowship in Space Science at ESAC
Postdoctoral fellowships in the area of Astronomy and Astrophysics
related to the X-ray observatory XMM-Newton are tenable at the
XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre in the European Space Astronomy
Centre (ESAC) located in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.
The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each
year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists,
holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing
space science research in fields related to the ESA Science Programme.
The fellowships have a duration of two years.
Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin
in the fall of 2017. Preference will be given to applications submitted
by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not
holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide
evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.
Research opportunities with XMM-Newton science staff include: studies of
the high energy emission of novae, galaxies, and AGN using XMM-Newton
data. Working at ESAC within the XMM-Newton team gives the unique
opportunity of being in contact with the calibration scientists, the
developers of the analysis software and the User Support Group.
Please contact Norbert Schartel (Norbert.Schartel@sciops.esa.int) for
more details on ESA Research Fellowships related to XMM-Newton.
The deadline for applications is
29th September 2016
More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space
Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application
form can be retrieved from
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