XMM-Newton-NEWS  #164,    13-Aug-2014

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XMM-Newton Users Handbook update for AO-14

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook (UHB) has been updated to version 2.12 in preparation for the next Announcement of Opportunity (AO-14) which will open shortly.

The UHB contains information on the instrumentation on board XMM-Newton and serves as the main technical support document for proposal preparation, based on which potential XMM-Newton users can assess the technical feasibility of their planned observations.

The XMM-Newton Users Handbook is available on-line at


Alternatively, pdf and postscript versions of the UHB can be downloaded from the "XMM-Newton Proposer's Info and Manuals" portal at


Documentation updated: EPIC and RGS Calibration Status and XMM-Newton Background documents

New versions of the following documents have been released:

XMM-Newton Conference "The X-ray Universe 2014":
Presentations and Posters available on-line

The XMM-Newton conference "The X-ray Universe 2014" was successfully held in Dublin from 16th to 19th June 2014, with 339 registered participants.

The conference web page


is updated accordingly and provides, among other information, access to online presentations and posters.

Abstracts are also available via ADS at


XMM-Newton Science Workshop 2015: "The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion"

The XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre is organising a workshop in the spring of next year:

"The Extremes of Black Hole Accretion"

8th - 10th June 2015

XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre at ESA's
European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain

The First Announcement will be distributed in November 2014.

A preliminary web page is currently at


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XMM-Newton SOC