XSA version 11.0: New
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:
XSA version 10.4:
The XSA v10.4, released on 19 February 2019, includes among other improvements the following:
- A new RGS Spectra Visualizer that can be launched from the RGS spectrum postcards, clicking on "Data Analysis".
- The EPIC Background flaring timeseries plots are available for all scheduled and unscheduled EPIC exposures. These plots can be launched by clicking on "Interactive Analysis", on the EPIC images postcards. Since revolution 3400 they can also be displayed in the Exposures Tab, in the Results panel.
XSA version 10.3:
The XSA v10.3, released on 29 November 2018, includes the following:
- Access to a slightly revised version of the XMM-Newton Optical Monitor (OM) catalogue: XMM-SUSS4.1 (only a few source numbers were changed with respect to XMM-SUSS4).
- Visualization of the EPIC Background flaring timeseries in the interactive analysis panel, showing the threshold used by the Pipeline for the good time intervals (GTI) selection.The possibility to do on-the-fly filtering of event files by good time intervals (GTI) will not be available until next release.
XSA version 10.2:
The XSA v10.2, released on 22 October 2018, includes the following:
- access to the new version of the XMM-Newton Optical Monitor (OM) catalogue. The OM Serendipitous Ultraviolet Source Survey Catalogue (XMM-SUSS4) includes the parameters of 8.17 million detections from observations performed until July 2017.
- the use of the actual EPIC footprint of the observation for searches within the Field of View (previous versions used a circle of 18 arcmin radius). This results in more precise searches.
- the fast web access, previously only possible for 3XMM-DR8, is now available for all the catalogues.
- the EPIC background files are being displayed in the Observations results table since revolution 3400. For older observations they will be displayed when the full reprocessing of the XMM-Newton data is performed.
XSA version 10.1:
The XSA v10.1, released on 25 July 2018, includes among other improvements the following implementations:
- Access to 3XMM-DR7s, the new Stack Catalogue based on 3XMM-DR7.
- Results of searches of the 3XMM-DR7s Stacked Catalogue allow two display options: it is possible to either display only the stacked sources or to display as well the individual observations with the parameters of the individual detected sources. Stacked Catalogue sources are linked to corresponding 3XMM sources, if already detected.
- Since XSAv10.1 the observations that have non-standard ODF, or that have PPS products with no science data, are not displayed in the Results panel unless they are specifically selected in the Search panel.
- The XSA TAP schema has now a more user friendly view of the ADQL query parameters.
XSA version 10.0:
The XSA v10.0, released on 16 May 2018, includes among other improvements the following implementations:
- Access to the new incremental EPIC (3XMM-DR8) catalogue.
- Searches on the 3XMM-DR8 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.
- The replacement of DS9 by JS9 as image viewer for the Interactive Data analysis functionality RISA. JS9 is integrated in the Web browser and therefore does not require the use of SAMP for the interactive data analysis. Feedback and suggestions for future RISA options (via the XMM-Newton helpdesk) are encouraged and appreciated.
- Radiation Monitor files can now be searched and downloaded from the XSA interface.
Older XSA versions release notes can be found here