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XMM-Newton Tenth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10)

Due to a planned migration of the XMM-Newton SOC web portal, all SOC internet services (including ToO Alerts) will be unavailable Wednesday, 10 February from 10:00 to 13:00 (GMT).

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 Opportunity

The 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 Mode

A 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 of the XMM-Newton Users Handbook.

Review Process for Large and Very Large Programs

More 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.

Proposal Submission Documentation

The following AO-10 documentation is available:

Letter by the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration announcing AO-10 pdf
Policies and Procedures for the XMM-Newton AO-10 on-linepdf
XMM-Newton Users Handbook (UHB) on-linepdf
XMM-Newton Scientific Justification LaTeX Template
(Scientific Justification must not exceed 4 pages, 5 pages for Large and Very Large Programs)
Tex File

The XMM-Newton SOC highly recommends the use of:
  • the on-line documentation because it contains updated links to references in the text
  • the Scientific Justification LaTeX Template

AO-10 Timetable

Key milestones for AO-10 are:
Announcement of Opportunity 24 August 2010
Due date for Proposals 8 October 2010 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme late December 2010
For approved proposals only:
Start of Phase II proposal submission 10 January 2011
Closure of Phase II proposal submission 4 February 2011
Start of AO-10 observations May 2011

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 Tools

XMM-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 Proposers

The following links are available to assist AO-10 proposers: The following external links may also be helpful:

Using the LaTeX Template File

Use 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:
  1. Use a LaTeX installation which allows you to create PDF files directly from the .tex file (e.g. pdflatex). Some installations of pdflatex do not allow you to include postscript figures. In this case you might use method 2.

  2. Use ps2pdf (preferably version 1.4) to convert a postscript file to PDF:
    > latex file.tex
    > dvips -Ppdf -G0 -o file.dvi
    > ps2pdf14 file.pdf
Please take note of the following points regarding the use of the LaTeX template provided:
  • Users must make sure that generated pdf output from the template is complete both when displayed with a viewer (acroread) and when printed on paper. LaTeX installations vary greatly and therefore it might not be possible to get all proposals to come out correctly with a single text page layout. In some cases the user will have to adjust the \topmargin=-7mm command in the template to vertically center the text.
  • The page limit of 4 pages (5 pages only for justifications of "Large Programs" and "Very Large Programs") includes everything of your to-be-submitted proposal justification. Sections 4 and 5 (on previous work and publications) have to be included within the page limit, too.
  • You are free to include color images in your proposal justification. Proposals are distributed to OTAC in electronic form. However, the scientific content of the images should still remain extractable when displayed or printed in black and white only.
  • The proposal justification can be created both in single and in two-column format. Instructions on how to switch between these two layouts are given in the LaTeX template.
  • The font size (11pt) is mandatory.

All questions regarding XMM-Newton proposal submission should be directed to the XMM-Newton HelpDesk.

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