XSA Release Notes Archive


XSA version 9.8:

The XSA v9.8, released on 15 February 2018, includes the following improvements:

  • A new design of the main (Search) panel.
  • Links to ESASky to explore the observation or source region in other wavelengths.
  • An upgrade to the Table Access Protocol TAP+ to access the XSA database.

XSA version 9.7:

The XSA v9.7, released on 25 October 2017, includes the following improvements:

  • A new database column with RA in decimal degrees instead of decimal hours. This is now used to send ObsIDs coordinates to VO tools like Topcat. Coordinates in decimal degrees can also be used to search observations through the Table Access Protocol (TAP).
  • Publications using slew observations can be searched and displayed.
  • For a "Search on a File" it is now possible to get the list of all resulting Observation IDs.
  • The XSA interface is now working also with the Internet Explorer web browser.
  • It is possible to use a bibcode to search for all observations used in a specific publication (e.g. http://nxsa.esac.esa.int/nxsa-web/#bibcode=2013A%26A...558A...3S).

XSA version 9.6:

The XSA v9.6, released on 26 July 2017, includes the following improvements:

  • Generation and display of postcards for Finding Charts and Spectra of EPIC PPS sources.
  • Option to download PPS products of moving targets, i.e. Solar System targets, generated in their rest frame coordinates, in parallel to the standard PPS products of these observations.

XSA version 9.5:

The XSA v9.5, released on 1 June 2017, includes the following:

  • access to the new incremental EPIC (3XMM-DR7) catalogue.
  • in the XSA the searches on the 3XMM-DR7 catalogue are performed by default with Quality flag < 2 (sources good or sources with suspect parameters), and with Detection maximum likelihood (DetML) ≥ 10. These parameters can be changed in the main search panel.

XSA version 9.4:

The XSA v9.4, released on 9 May 2017, includes among other improvements the possibility to perform on-the-fly data processing with SAS, through the Remote Interface for Science Analysis (RISA) server, without the need of downloading data and software. The on-the-fly data processing in this release is an experimental version, intended to allow the community to test it and provide their feedback. Known issues and possible workarounds are described in the watchouts section, which will be updated if needed.

The data analysis options, presently only available for public observations, include:

  • Extraction of spectra and light curves of sources interactively defined in an EPIC exposure image displayed on a DS9 window.
  • Background filtering of EPIC events files of an EPIC instrument exposure using a user-defined count rate.
  • Extraction of EPIC images in user-defined energy bands.
  • Reprocessing of an observation ODF with latest SAS and calibrations.
  • Reprocessing of an individual source with latest SAS and calibrations, obtaining spectrum, background, ancillary (ARF) and response matrix (RMF) files (*).

(*) Note that the current pipeline is fully aligned with the most recent SAS and calibration. Hence, reprocessing a recent ODF will produce no difference with regard to Pipeline products in XSA which can be directly downloaded.
For data processed before 31 January 2017, note that the last full reprocessing of the archive was performed mid 2013. Please check the pipeline web page to see pipeline release dates between this last full reprocessing and today.

XSA version 9.3:

The XSA v9.3, released on 20 March 2017, includes, among other improvements and bugs fixed, the following:

  • access to the new version of the XMM-Newton SLew Survey Catalogue (XMMSL2)
  • access to the updated version of the XMM-Newton OM Catalogue (XMM-SUSS3.0)
  • public ODFs and PPS products can individually be downloaded without the need of login into XSA. The use of the shopping basket for multiple downloads still requires to be logged in
  • display of the new pipeline products for EPIC PPS sources (postcards with extraction regions and combined light curves)
  • possibility to customise coordinates and distance units in the results panels

XSA version 9.2:

The XSA v9.2, released on 30 November 2016, includes, among other improvements and bugs fixed, the following:

  • new functionalities for the shopping basket.
  • postcard OM images for all filters used in the observation.
  • display of Slew Survey PPS sources (at the time of the XSA v9.2 release the pipeline is not producing slew sources yet. It is planned that the next pipeline version will do so).
  • checkboxes added to all sources in the results page (to allow saving or broadcasting source lists).

XSA version 9.1:

The XSA v9.1, released on 5 July 2016, includes the following:

  • access to the new incremental EPIC (3XMM-DR6) catalogue.
  • a new display of results for the search on a list of objects.
  • improvement of the name resolver when searching by name.
  • the observations results table includes information about coordinated observations.

XSA version 9.0:

The XSA v9.0, released on 3 May 2016, includes among other improvements and bugs fixed, the following:

  • New columns can be selected to be displayed in the different Results tabs.
  • OM combined images are shown in the Details panel besides EPIC and RGS combined images, and can also be displayed in the Observations results panel.
  • The new pipeline product EPIC 3 Colour Image is shown instead of the old EPIC combined image when available.
  • More command line and URL options to access XSA data are provided (see: http://nxsa.esac.esa.int/nxsa-web/#aio).
  • New XSA TAP (Table Access Protocol) implemented to be able to access the XSA database info (see: http://nxsa.esac.esa.int/nxsa-web/#tap).
  • Links to XcatDB info are provided for 3XMM-DR5 sources.

XSA version 8.7:

The XSA v8.7, released on 3 December 2015, includes among other improvements and bugs fixed, the following:

  • OM exposures with a FAST mode window can now be searched by selecting FAST or IMAGE + FAST in the "Instrument Configuration" option of the Search panel. They can be identified in the OM Exposures tab in the results panel.
  • Options to make selections by Instrument Mode or Filter were added to the command line access to the data (AIO).
  • Non-processed Slew observation are now also shown in the results panel.

XSA version 8.6:

The XSA v8.6, released on 10 Aug 2015, includes among other improvements, the following:

  • Download of PPS products (images, spectra, light curves, etc) now includes the corresponding FITS files, besides PDF and PNG files.
  • Added new "direct download" options for OM/EPIC PPS and catalogue sources.
  • Solved the issue preventing the users to send proprietary data to VO tools like Aladin or TOPCAT.
  • A bug in the "change password" functionality has been fixed.

XSA version 8.5:

The XSA v8.5, released on 27 May 2015, includes among other improvements, the following:

  • new columns (mainly error columns) are now available in the results panels.
  • a bug in sending results to TOPCAT has been fixed.
  • a bug in "Launch the SAMP Hub" from XSA image postcards has been fixed.

XSA version 8.4:

The XSA v8.4, released on 28 April 2015, includes among other improvements, the following:

  • access to the new incremental EPIC (3XMM-DR5) catalogue.
  • access to the new incremental OM (XMM-SUSSv2.1) catalogue.
  • two new types of file searches: on a file with a list of galactic coordinates and on a file with a list of Observations IDs.
  • the possibility to save/print the selected, visible columns, not all of them as before.
  • the possibility to remain signed in.
  • perform the search on a list of objects even if a name or coordinate fails the verification.
XSA version 8.3:

The XSA v8.3, released on 4 December 2014, includes, among others, the following improvements:
  • search by "File" is now possible for up to 1000 names or positions (in previous XSA versions this was limited to about 400 entries).
  • the Mosaic ODF sub-sets are now searchable by coordinates.
  • a major update of publications associated to each observation has been implemented.
XSA version 8.2:

The XSA v8.2, released on 27 February 2014, provides for the first time access to two new versions of catalogues: the incremental XMMSL1_Delta6 and the XMM-SUSS2. It also provides access to new mosaic ODF subsets generated in 2014, and continues giving access, as earlier XSA v8 versions, to the 3XMM-DR4 and to all XMM-Newton ODF and PPS files, either routinely processed since July 2013, or earlier data reprocessed in 2013.

XSA version 8.0:

The XSA v8.0, released on 23 July 2013, offered for the first time a web based interface to the XMM-Newton Science Archive. The XSA was fully re-engineered also greatly improving the search speed.

Since v8.0 of the XSA access is provided to all XMM-Newton data including the fully reprocessed PPS products, and the 3XMM-DR4 catalogue.