13th XMM-Newton SAS Workshop
10 - 14 June 2013

XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre

European Space Astronomy Centre, Madrid, Spain


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Motivation and rationale

The SAS workshop provides an introduction to the procedures and techniques of the Science Analysis System to reduce and analyse astronomical X-ray data from the XMM-Newton Observatory. No specific knowledge of X-ray data analysis is required to attend the workshop, although a general knowledge of XMM-Newton and its scientific payload is desirable. We recommend the workshop participants to refer to the XMM-Newton Users Handbook. Those wishing to familiarise themselves somewhat with the SAS may refer to the SAS Users Guide. The presentations from the previous workshop are also available here.
 

Workshop structure

The 5-day workshop was organised around 5 half-days of presentations and 5 half-days of practical training (hands-on) sessions. The presentations covered basic topics related to XMM-Newton data analysis and SAS, such as:

 

The detailed programme of the Workshop is listed below. Presentations are available in PDF format just by clicking in the correspondent presentation's tittle. (pdf version of the programme)

 

 

MONDAY 10 of June 2013

9:30

Arrival at Venue

Morning

Session

General Introduction to XMM-Newton, Archive (XSA) and Scientific Analysis Software (SAS)

9:45 - 10:00

Welcome and Workshop Preparation

10:00 - 11:00

XMM-Newton: Scientific Highlights N. Schartel

11:00 - 11:20

COFFEE BREAK

11:20 - 11:55

The XMM-Newton Data and the SAS Grand-Scheme M. Guainazzi

11:55 - 12:30

The XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA) N. Loiseau

     Video 1: XSA Basic Search              (Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 needed)

       Video 2:  XSA Interactive Analysis

       Video 3:  XSA More Searches

12:30 - 13:00

The CCF Concept, cifbuild and calview C. Gabriel

13:00 - 13:15

How to Practice with SAS during the Workshop  E. Ojero

13:15 - 13:30

On-line SAS resources: a guided tour E. Ojero

13:30 - 14:30

LUNCH BREAK

Afternoon

Session

Data preparation & SAS Installation on laptops

14:30 - 16:00

Hands-on Session (SAS Installation) E. Ojero

16:00 - 16:20

COFFEE BREAK

16:20 - 18:00

Step-by-step Guide to the SAS Start-up Thread E. Ojero

Hands-on Session (SAS Startup and first steps with SAS)

18:30

Departure from Venue

 

TUESDAY 11 of June 2013

9:30

Arrival at Venue

Morning Session

EPIC Data Reduction and Analysis and Hands-on Session

10:00 - 10:45

Introduction and Calibration Status M. Guainazzi

10:45 - 11:00

Event List Manipulation and Screening I. de la Calle

11:00 - 11:20

COFFEE BREAK

11:20 - 11:40

Scientific Product Extraction I. de la Calle

11:40 - 12:00

Response Matrix Generation R. Saxton

12:00 - 13:30

Hands-on Session (EPIC Specific)

 

Step-by-step guide to EPIC Scientific Product Extraction M. Guainazzi

13:30 - 14:30

LUNCH BREAK

Afternoon

Session

RGS Data Reduction and Analysis and Hands-on Session

14:30 - 15:00

Introduction and Calibration Status R. Gonzelez-Riestra

15:00 - 15:30

Data Reduction and Analysis of Point-like Sources R. Gonzalez-Riestra

15:30 - 15:40

COFFEE BREAK

15:40 - 18:00

Hands-on Session (RGS Specific)

 

Step-by-step Guide to the RGS Data Analysis Threads R. Gonzalez-Riestra

18:30

Departure from Venue

 

WEDNESDAY 12 of June 2013

9:30

Arrival at Venue

Morning Session

OM Data Reduction and Analysis and Hands-on Session

10:00 - 10:30

Introduction and Calibration Status A. Talavera

10:30 - 11:00

Data Reduction and Analysis of Point-like Sources A. Talavera

11:00 - 11:20

COFFEE BREAK

11:20 - 13:30

Hands-on Session (OM Specific)

 

Step-by-step Guide to the OM Data Analysis Threads A. Talavera

13:30 - 14:30

LUNCH BREAK

Afternoon

Session

Spectral Fitting

14:30 - 15:15

Spectral Analysis and Statistics N. Schartel

15:15 - 16:00

Introduction to XSPEC M. Guainazzi
Hands-on Session (Spectral Analysis Specific)

 

Step-by-step Guide to the Spectral Fitting Thread

16:00 - 16:20

COFFEE BREAK

16:20 - 18:00

Hands-on Session (continuation)

18:30

Departure from Venue

 

THURSDAY 13 of June 2013

9:30

Arrival at Venue

Morning

Session

High Level Scientific Products in SAS

10:00 - 10:30

Analysis of EPIC Data of Extended Sources I. de la Calle

10:30 - 11:00

EPIC Source Detection C. Gabriel

11:00 - 11:20

COFFEE BREAK

11:20 - 13:30

Hands-on Session (EPIC Source Detection Specific)

 

Step-by-step Guide to the EPIC Source Detection Thread C. Gabriel

13:30 - 14:30

LUNCH BREAK

Afternoon Session

Hands-on Session

14:30 - 16:00

Hands-on Session (free)

16:00 - 16:20

COFFEE BREAK

16:20 - 18:00

Hands-on Session (free)

18:30

Departure from Venue

 

FRIDAY 14 of June 2013

9:30

Arrival at Venue

Morning

Session

High Level Scientific Products in SAS

10:00 - 10:20

The 2XMM EPIC Source Catalogue and the Slew Catalogue R. Saxton 

10:20 - 10:30

BiRD: Browsing Interface for RGS Data R. Gonzalez-Riestra

10:30 - 11:00

Pipeline Products I. de la Calle

11:00 - 11:20

COFFEE BREAK

11:20 - 13:00

Hands-on Session (free)

13:00 - 13:30

Round-table discussion. Closure of the Workshop.

13:30 - 14:30

LUNCH



The photo of some of the participants taken during the workshop can be found below.
 


Some participants of the 13th SAS Workshop
 

How to Contact Us

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the XMM-Newton SOC HelpDesk.
 

SAS Workshop Local Organising Committee

  • Ignacio de la Calle (Chair)
  • Michelle Arpizou
  • Carlos Gabriel
  • Matteo Guainazzi
  • Nora Loiseau
  • Eduardo Ojero