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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #317: XMM-NEWTON NEWS #193


             XMM-NEWTON NEWS #193    ---    9-Feb-2017


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- Letter of Intent for Multi-Year Heritage Programmes

- Update of the EPIC and RGS Calibration Status Documents

- New version of the Pipeline Processing System (PPS)

- Scientific Validation Report for SAS v16.0

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

Letter of Intent for Multi-Year Heritage Programmes

Following recommendation  2016-06-08/04 of the  XMM-Newton Users' Group,
in the next call for  proposals (the 17th Announcement of Opportunity) a
"Multi-Year  Heritage  Programme" will  be  established. This  programme
seeks  scientific visionary  projects which  require  at least  2 Ms  of
observing time.  A total of  6 Ms of  observing time, spread  over three
years, is planned to be made available for this programme.

In  order  to organise  the  evaluation  and  allocation of  "Multi-Year
Heritage Programme"  projects, interested scientists  are strongly urged
to  send an  email with  a letter  of intent  to the  XMM-Newton Project
Scientist (Norbert.Schartel_at_esa.int) before 31 March 2017. The letter
should  contain  a  draft  title,   a  short  (up  to  three  sentences)
description of  the respective  scientific area and  an estimate  of the
required observing time.

The minutes of the last XMM-Newton Users' Group meeting are available at


Update of the EPIC and RGS Calibration Status Documents

New versions of  the documents describing the status  of the calibration
and specific data analysis for EPIC and RGS have been released.

These documents are available from the XMM-Newton Calibration Portal


New version of the Pipeline Processing System (PPS)

A new version of the Pipeline Processing System (PPS)


was released on January 31st. This pipeline version has been migrated to
be based  on SAS version 16.0,  released earlier in  January 2017, hence
allowing  pipeline   products  to   remain  up-to-date  with   the  last
calibration and data reduction techniques.

The main  novelties of the new  PPS are changes aimed  at increasing the
legacy value of  the products. Source detection algorithms  to slew data
are now applied. Solar System  objects are processed such that generated
X-ray  images and spectra  are referred  to the  moving target  frame of
reference. The method applied to define the background region for source
products  from  MOS  data has  been  updated  in  line with  the  method
established for pn in the  previous PPS version. Also, some new products
are delivered to ease quick inspection of the data.

A detailed description as well as  a summary of the changes with respect
to the previous pipeline can be found in the release notes at


Scientific Validation Report for SAS v16.0

The  results of  the  scientific validation  of  the XMM-Newton  Science
Analysis System (SAS)  v16.0 have been summarised in  a report available
under the SAS Scientific Validation page


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

As  announced  in  previous  Newsletters  (see e.g.   issue  #183),  the
XMM-Newton  team  is  collecting  information about  the  completion  of
doctorates  and Ph.D.   theses based  on (or  making use  of) XMM-Newton

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


Also  we would be  grateful if  you could  inform us  (via a  message to
xmmhelp@sciops.esa.int, with  subject "Ph.D.  thesis work")  in case you
are aware of theses from, or  supervised by, colleagues that make use of
XMM-Newton data but are not yet included in the above list.

Yours sincerely,

XMM-Newton SOC

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