XMM-NEWTON NEWS #10,    17-Sep-2001

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Dear Colleagues,

Shift of deadline for XMM-Newton AO2

Following the recent tragic events in the US, the project scientist has decided to extend the deadline for the submission of XMM-Newton AO-2 proposals to:

25-October-2001 12:00 UT !!!

Please note that for common ESO/XMM-Newton proposals the deadlines (see section 5.2.4 of the "Policies and Procedures" document) still apply.

Shift of deadline for November 2001 symposium/3rd announcement

New Visions of the X-ray Universe
in the XMM-Newton and Chandra era
26-30 November 2001

ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands


Third Announcement Abstract Deadline
Due to the recent tragic events in the US, the abstract deadline for the "New Visions" Symposium will be extended to Monday, October 1st 2001.

Symposium Workshops
Workshop WA1 on "Cooling flows" will not now be included in the Symposium programme. Papers submitted for this workshop will be accommodated in the plenary sessions if selected for oral presentation, or as posters otherwise.

The remaining workshops will go ahead as announced. Each workshop has a coordinator who is responsible, in conjunction with the Scientific Organising Committee, for the workshop's programme. Those interested in participating in the workshops are invited to contact the coordinator directly to discuss possible contributions, although all workshop presentations MUST nevertheless be accompanied by an abstract submitted through the on-line system.

Poster papers *only* will be accepted on topics related to the data analysis workshops (WA3/WB3) as these will be practical, hands-on sessions.

The workshop coordinators are as follows;

Workshop WA2
XMM instrument calibration: Dave Lumb <dlumb@astro.estec.esa.nl>

Workshop WB1
X-ray surveys and follow-up programmes: Mike Watson <mgw@star.le.ac.uk>

Workshop WB2
Plasma processes, diagnostics & code: Jelle Kaastra <j.kaastra@sron.nl>

Workshop WA3/WB3
XMM Data analysis workshops I/II: Christian Erd <cerd@astro.estec.esa.nl>

Selection of Oral Presentations
As previously announced, the Scientific Organising Committee will select some papers for oral presentation, other contributed papers will be presented in the form of posters.

The Scientific Organising Committee also intends to select a limited number of additional "invited" papers from the abstracts received. Such papers will be allocated a longer slot in the programme.

On-Line Abstract Submission
The on-line system has recently been updated so that the choice of topics offered on the forms more correctly matches the symposium sessions.

Symposium participants are reminded that only abstracts submitted through the on-line system can be considered for the Symposium.

Abstract deadline 1 October 2001 *
Registration deadline 1 November 2001
Hotel reservation deadline 30 September 2001
Scientific programme announced
(& notification to authors of oral or poster presentation)
~10 October 2001 *
Paper submission 31 January 2002
* revised

Pipeline re-processing of pn extended full frame mode data

Observation data files (ODFs) containing pn exposures in "Extended Full Frame" mode are currently being re-processed by the Survey Science Center.

This activity allows previously unrecognized pn exposures to be correctly processed by the SAS. The re-processed pipeline products (of all instruments), together with the corresponding ODFs, are being shipped to the PI. Some XMM-Newton PIs will therefore receive within the next weeks a second copy of their XMM-Newton data CD-ROM. The CD will most likely contain additional pn PPS data with respect to the first delivery, together with a more recent processing of data from all other instruments.

Processing of observations with EPIC cal-closed exposures

EPIC monitoring observations with the filter wheel in position "closed" or "cal-closed" are performed in the ascending/descending parts of a revolution prior/posterior to the time when EPIC scientific observations are possible. This means that in addition to EPIC data only useful for calibration, on target OM and RGS scientific data are collected in parallel. These are pipeline processed and shipped to the PI. As the EPIC exposures do not contain any scientific data related to a guaranteed or open time proposal, this data will not be processed by the SSC pipeline and hence no EPIC products from these exposures are delivered to the PI.

With best regards,
The XMM-Newton SOC.