XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA)

 

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Access to XMM-Newton data and source catalogues

 
Search the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA)


Direct access to the XSA data via URL or AIO (Archive InterOperability System):
 
Command line and URL access to the XSA data


Astroquery and TAP (Table Access Protocol) access to the XSA Database:
 
Astroquery and TAP queries to the XSA Database

 
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Download Full XMM-Newton Catalogues and datasets


Alongside all XMM-Newton scientific data products and observation-related information, high-level catalogues and
a multiwavelength datasets can be accessed through the XSA or downloaded from the links below:
 
4XMM-DR9 XMM-Newton
Serendipitous Source Catalogue
Download the FITS table
Download the CSV table
Documentation and watchouts
(by the SSC consortium)
XMM-DR9 SEDs New Download all SED FITS files Documentation:
Webb et al. 2020 (A&A, in press)
(sect 9.1 and Table 4)
4XMM-DR9 Multi-Object Coverage
maps (MOC) Fits Files
New
Download MOCs for individual observations
Download the whole 4XMM-DR9 field MOC
Documentation
(Maintained by the SSC consortium)
Slim version of the
4XMM-DR9 catalogue
Download the FITS table
Download the CSV table
Documentation and watchouts
(by the SSC consortium)
4XMM-DR9s Stacked Catalogue Download the FITS table
Download the stacked sources FITS table
Download the stacked observations FITS table
Documentation
(Maintained by the SSC consortium)
The XMM-Newton Slew Survey
XMMSL2 Source Catalogue
Download the FITS table (FULL)
Download the FITS table (CLEAN)
Documentation
XMM-Newton OM Serendipitous
Ultra-violet Source Survey
Catalogue (XMM-SUSS4.1)
Download the FITS table
Download the FITS table (SLIM version)
Documentation
XMM-Newton OM Bright Sources
Catalogue
Download the FITS table Documentation
Spectral Fit Catalogues 3XMM-DR7 spectral fit catalogue XMMFITCAT
3XMM-DR6 photo Z catalogue XMMPZCAT
3XMM-DR6 spectral fit Z catalogue XMMFITCAT-Z
Documentation
(Carried out by an ESA-PRODEX
funded collaboration between
European institutes and the SSC)
XID program WFC/INT images   Documentation
(Maintained by the SSC consortium)

Alongside the XSA, the EPIC catalogues will also be available at:

Previous versions of the XMM-Newton Serendipitous Source Catalogue
and of the XMM-Newton Serendipitous Stack Source Catalogue can be found here.
 
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Tools

 
RISA on-the-fly data processing & analysis Service for on-the-fly processing of XMM-Newton data with SAS (see Technical Note and Interactive Data Analysis help) without the need of downloading data and software.
FLIX Upper limit and image cut-out
from XMM-Newton Serendipitous Source Catalogue images
Tool provided by the XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (SSC), available via LEDAS.
"Upper Limit Server" for XMM-Newton pointed and slew observations Tool to provide the catalogue entry, if existing, or otherwise the count rate or upper limit to a count rate and equivalent flux for a given celestial position for XMM-Newton pointed and slew data. See the User Guide.
IRAP Catalogue server Cross-correlation products of potential 4XMM catalogue sources counterparts, and other associated products and tools.

 
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Documentation

 
XMM-Newton Science Data Products Guide A short guide to XMM-Newton science data products.
Data Quality Process for XMM-Newton Data A description of the "Data Quality Process" applied to XMM-Newton Data and the "Data Quality Report" available for each observation.
Radiation Monitor Data Files A description of the Radiation Monitor and the data files produced, which can be downloaded from the XSA interface.

 
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Watchouts

 

 

  • The 4XMM-DR9 SED plots show the spectral energy density (ergs/s/cm2/micron) times the wavelength (in microns) computed at the central wavelength of the bands, so as to be consistent with what is plotted at other (longer) wavelength bands. This may be slightly different from the integral flux computed in the energy (frequency) band, displayed for the 4XMM-DR9 catalogue. Converting integral fluxes to flux densities at central wavelengths was done assuming that f(E) is constant in the band. Note that fluxes for the unique sources across all observations, SC_EP_flux, were used, instead of the per observation source fluxes EP_flux. New

  • The observations performed in mosaic mode have a global Observation Data File (ODF) which is also split into 'pseudo ODFs' (see Chapter 2 of the Data Files Handbook).
    The ObsID of all 'pseudo ODFs' belonging to a mosaic have the first 8 digits in common (e.g. 06730001). Split 'pseudo ODFs' can be recognised because the last two digits of their ObsIDs are not 01 but 31, 32, 33, etc. (e.g. 0673000131, 0673000132 etc). Note that the data (i.e. the X-ray events) of the 'pseudo ODF' subsets has been extracted from the global ODF (i.e. the same data for the sky area covered in the pseudo ODF). Pseudo ODF subsets should therefore never be combined or merged with the global ODF.

  • JS9 display functionalities can be used for on-the-fly visualization of the PPS files in the list "Open FITS file with JS9". For "EPIC Events" it is convenient to bin the image by selecting View -> Bin/Filter/Section and typing for example bin=32 in the pop-up window. Then click "Run", and "Load full image" to view the entire "EPIC Events" image.   

  • To overlay (blend) or blink more than one image loaded in JS9, say an EPIC combined image and an OM image, you can first sync the display commands using:
          File -> sync ... -> sync images ... -> all images
    and then re-project the OM image to the EPIC image using:
          WCS -> wcs reproject -> all images in this display.
    Then, for example, blink the EPIC and OM images with:
          View -> Blinking

    Note: if you zoom or pan any of the images, you need to deselect and select again the images in the Blinking form, for the commands to apply to all loaded images.  

Older (valid) watchouts can be found here:


 
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Notes on the XSA releases

 

XSA version 12.3:    New

The XSA v12.3, released on 21 July 2020, includes among other improvements:

  • Possibility to select EPIC PPS sources or 4XMM-DR9 catalogue sources to be sent to the Basket and then download their spectra or their light curves
  • Visualization of RGS spectra of moving targets in their reference frame
  • Possibility to direct download 4XMM-DR9 SED fits files from the results tab, or to select and send them to the Basket for downloading them
  • Astroquery option to download EPIC pps images for different bands/instruments
 

XSA version 12.2:   

The XSA v12.2, released on 3 June 2020, includes among other improvements:

  • Display of the Spectral Energy Distributions (SEDs) produced by the XMM-Newton SSC for 4XMM-DR9 sources matching at least one of the archival catalogues queried
  • Display of the PPS EPIC-background time-series plots in the observations results tab
  • Visualization of EPIC images of moving targets in their reference framee
  • Links for each 4XMM-DR9 source to the info available at IRAP (http://xmm-catalog.irap.omp.eu/) and XCAT-DB (http://xcatdb.unistra.fr/4xmmdr9/index.html)
  • An astroquery module, astroquery.esa.xmm_newton, providing access to the XSA database

XSA version 12.1:   

The XSA v12.1, released on 9 March 2020, is running in a new machine, it also includes other improvements as:

  • Direct search by name of 4XMM-DR9 sources that are not yet resolved by Simbad/NED
  • Display of EPIC and RGS moving target postcards in the Details panel, when available
  • Link of 4XMM-DR9 catalogue sources to the corresponding XMM-Newton SSC info page

XSA version 12.0:   

The XSA v12.0, released on 17 Dec 2019, includes among other improvements the following:

  • Access to the bulk reprocessed pipeline products (PPS) of all the observations in the XSA archive
  • Access to the newly generated EPIC (4XMM-DR9) catalogue
  • Access to the newly generated EPIC (4XMM-DR9s) stacked catalogue
  • Searches on the 4XMM-DR9 catalogue are performed by default with Quality flag < 2 (i.e. 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 11.5:   

The XSA v11.5, released on 20 Nov 2019, includes among other improvements the following:

  • Adapt to the new ads publications format
  • Preparation for the ingestion of the bulk re-processed Pipeline products (PPS)
  • Disable the reprocess options, as bulk reprocessed products will be up-to-date

XSA version 11.4:   

The XSA v11.4, released on 05 Nov 2019, includes among other improvements the following:

  • More functionalities for the Results Display of "Search in a File":
    • It is now possible to display all together the results of searching a list of objects, which is particularly useful to find the PPS or catalogues sources found for the given list of positions
  • Footprints have been refined for "Search in the FOV"
  • More functionalities for the on-the-fly JS9 image visualizer:
    • Possibility to visualize, with JS9, the EPIC or OM image products without the need to download them previously. JS9 functionalities (similar to DS9) can then be used
    • Possibility to overlay (blend), blink, etc, of EPIC and OM images
    • Possibility to overlay on EPIC images the sources detected by the pipeline
  • The TAP QUERIES help Tab has been re-designed including more detailed examples of TAP queries via Command line

XSA version 11.3:   

The XSA v11.3, released on 06 Aug 2019, includes among other improvements the following:

  • More functionalities for the RGS Spectra Visualizer:
    • Larger sets of spectral lines available to overlay on the RGS spectra
    • Option to select/deselect the spectra to average, after plotting them
  • More functionalities for the JS9 image visualizer:
    • Possibility to visualize, with JS9, the EPIC or OM image products without the need to download them previously. JS9 functionalities (similar to DS9) can then be used.
    • Possibility to overlay EPIC PPS source regions on the images, and to identify them by their coordinates.
  • The INTERACTIVE ANALYSIS Tab now includes a more detailed help about these items and a video tutorial.

XSA version 11.2:

The XSA v11.2, released on 27 May 2019, includes among other improvements the following:

  • More functionalities for the RGS Spectra Visualizer:
    • Option to display 2 sets of spectral lines overlaid on the RGS spectra
    • Option to plot the flux errors as error bars
    • Option to use logarithmic scale for X axis

XSA version 11.1:

The XSA v11.1, released on 25 April 2019, includes among other improvements the following:

  • More functionalities for the RGS Spectra Visualizer:
    • Plot all or the average of the RGS fluxed spectra of selected observations
    • Select/deselect spectra from the list of obsIDs in the plot
    • Convert plot units Wavelength/Energy
    • Introduce redshift to display the spectrum in the rest frame
    • Define x,y plot ranges

XSA version 11.0:

The XSA v11.0, released on 14 March 2019, includes a new login system, managed via the ESA Cosmos Authentication System.

  • ESA Cosmos accounts have been created for those PIs that did not have it, and that have current or pending proprietary observations. Their account details have been provided by email.
  • Any other scientist without an existing ESA Cosmos account can register at:
        https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xsa/self-registration

Older XSA versions release notes can be found here


 
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Questions, Comments


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