XMM-Newton-NEWS  #120,    10-Mar-2011

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"The X-ray Universe 2011":
abstract submission and registration deadlines

We take this opportunity to remind you of the deadlines for the abstract submission and registration for the conference "The X-ray Universe 2011", see http://xrayuniverse.esa.int/

Abstract Submission deadline:21 March 2011
Deadline for Grants applications:   21 March 2011
Early Registration deadline:28 April 2011

RGS Calibration Status Document updated

A new version (6.0) of the document describing the current status of RGS calibration is now available at:


This document includes information on the effect of contamination in the long-wavelength sensitivity of the detectors, on pile-up in RGS spectra, and on how to use, in simultaneous analysis of EPIC-pn and RGS spectra, the results of the detailed comparison between both instruments (the "RGS-pn rectification").

OM Calibration Status Document updated

A new issue (6.0) of the XMM-Newton Optical and UV Monitor Calibration Status document has been released.

This new version of the document contains updates on several items:
The document is available at:


Virtual Machines now available for SAS 11.0

Virtual machines (32-bit and 64-bit versions) for SAS 11.0 have been produced and are available at the usual site for SAS downloads:


The virtual machines have been assembled on Linux Fedora 14 32-bit and 64-bit respectively, and are tested to work under Windows, Linux and MacOs.

Workshop "The Starburst-AGN Connection under the Multiwavelength Limelight": registration open

The European Space Agency (ESA) Space Science Faculty is pleased to announce the opening of the registration to the international workshop "Starburst-AGN connection under the multiwavelength limelight". The Workshop will be held at the ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Villanueva de la Canada (near Madrid, Spain) on 14-16 September 2011.

Deadline for registration and abstract submission is 17 April 2011.

Perspective participants are encouraged to visit the workshop web page


or contact the workshop organisers at sbagn_esac2011@sciops.esa.int.

The ESAC Faculty offers 5 grants to cover travel and accommodation expenses for graduate students. Applications should be sent by 18 March 2011. The grant allocation conditions and application forms are available on the Workshop web page.

Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC