XMM-Newton-NEWS  #116,    01-Dec-2010

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XMM-Newton AO-10 OTAC Results

The list of XMM-Newton proposals accepted by the AO-10 Observing Time Allocation Committee (OTAC) and the associated proposal abstracts are available at


The Principal Investigators of submitted proposals have been informed by e-mail about the results of the OTAC evaluation. The e-mail contains the details about the second phase proposal submission for successful observations, which must be done via the XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission System (XRPS). The XRPS will be closed on the 4th of February 2011 at 13:00 UT.

In AO-10 proposers were asked for the third time to submit very large programs (VLPs). Of the six VLPs that were submitted, OTAC has accepted one with 3 Ms of observing time (proposals 067166, 067167 and 067169). In combination with existing archival data, the program aims at covering two areas of the sky of 25 square degrees each with 10 ks exposures, for cosmological studies. This program will be carried out over AO-10 and AO-11.
With VLPs, the XMM-Newton project aims to establish legacy-type data sets with the widest scientific impact. The whole interested community is invited to explore and analyse the data and, consequently, by default no proprietary rights are allocated to data resulting from VLPs.

AO-10 observations will start to be routinely performed in May 2011.

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