XMM-Newton-NEWS  #176,    10-Sep-2015

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XMM-Newton Users Group: Minutes of Meeting available

The XMM-Newton Users Group met on the 21st and 22nd of May 2015 at ESAC. The minutes were approved on the 31st of July and a are available at


As announced in issue #173 of this Newsletter, the presentations are available at the same page.

Update of the EPIC and RGS Calibration Status Documents

New versions of the calibration status documents for EPIC and RGS have been released.

These documents are available from the XMM-Newton Calibration Portal:


ARCHES Scientific Workshop Announcement:
"X-ray surveys with advanced multi-wavelength cross-identification methods"

The Workshop "X-ray surveys with advanced multi-wavelength cross identification methods" will be held at

University Paris Diderot
from 30th November to 2nd December 2015

The workshop aims at presenting the main scientific issues addressed by large scale X-ray surveys, specifically the XMM-Newton surveys and the 3XMM catalogues and at discussing the cross-correlation methods and spectral energy distribution building tools that are essential to make best use of the fast-growing production of multi-wavelength archival data.

The workshop will consist of three sessions, focused on the three science demonstration themes of the EC FP7 ARCHES project, and a fourth session devoted to a discussion of the methods currently available and of the technicalities involved in the simultaneous statistical cross-correlation of several catalogues. There will be also a half-day hands-on training with the tools produced by the ARCHES project.

Important dates:
Abstract submission deadline   21st September 2015
Registration deadline9th November 2015

More information can be found at the Workshop Web page:


Conference Announcement: "Clusters of galaxies and hot baryons”

The conference “Clusters of galaxies and hot baryons”, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the discovery by Ariel 5 Exp. C spectrometer of X-ray emission lines from clusters of galaxies, will be held at:

Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Holmbury St Mary, Dorking, Surrey, UK
from 6th to 8th October 2015

This conference will explore the current understanding of clusters of galaxies and hot baryons, and the wider implications for astronomy and cosmology, with a look forward to the prospects of imaging high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy offered by Astro-H and ATHENA.

Deadline for registration is 14th September 2015.

Due to space limitations, the conference will be limited to 60 people.

Full details are given at the Conference Web page:


Yours sincerely,
XMM-Newton SOC