XMM-Newton Tenth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10)
Announcement of Opportunity (AO10 is now closed)Effective 24 August 2010, XMM-Newton observing proposals were solicited in response to the Tenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-10.
A letter from ESA's Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, inviting you to participate in the Tenth Call for Proposals, is available in electronic form (pdf).
The Deadline for XMM-Newton AO-10 proposal submission was 8 October 2010, 12:00 UT.
Important changes for AO-10 relative to earlier Calls
Change of Policy for Triggered Observations and Pre-planned Targets of OpportunityThe policy for Triggered Observations and Pre-planned Targets of Opportunity (ToOs) has been changed (see section 7.3.2 of the Policies and Procedures document).
The validity of previously approved Triggered and Pre-planned ToOs is available from the web page informing about Outstanding Accepted ToO and Triggered Observations. Information about end dates of the previous and current AO cycles is given in section 10 of the Policies and Procedures document.
New RGS Instrumental ModeA new RGS instrumental mode, the "RGS Small Window mode", may be considered for observations of very bright targets, upon request of the PI (see sections 5.6 and 8.4 of the Policies and Procedures document). Technical details on the "RGS Small Window mode" can be found in section 184.108.40.206 of the XMM-Newton Users Handbook.
Review Process for Large and Very Large ProgramsMore details on the review process specific for Large and Very Large Programs are now given in section 5.2.2 and 5.2.3 of the Policies and Procedures document.
The XMM-Newton SOC highly recommends the use of:
Approved AO-10 observations are planned to be performed during the period May 2011 to April 2012 (approximate XMM-Newton revolutions 2086 to 2269).
Proposal Submission Procedure and ToolsXMM-Newton Proposals were submitted using the XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission software.
The following tools are available to assist AO-10 proposers:
Other Useful Links for ProposersThe following links are available to assist AO-10 proposers:
Using the LaTeX Template FileUse of the provided LaTeX template to write the scientific justification is highly recommended. Proposers may submit their justifications either in one or two column format. Instructions to activate a specific column format are provided in the LaTeX template.
Proposal justifications MUST be submitted as one file in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF file can be generated from the LaTeX template in one of two ways:
All questions regarding XMM-Newton proposal submission should be directed to the XMM-Newton HelpDesk.
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