XMM-Newton Thirteenth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-13)
The Announcement of Opportunity AO13 is closed nowEffective 27 August 2013, XMM-Newton observing proposals were solicited in response to the Thirteenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-13.
A letter from ESA's Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, inviting you to participate in the Thirteenth Call for Proposals, is available in electronic form (pdf).
The deadline for XMM-Newton AO-13 proposal submission was Friday 11 October 2013, 12:00 UT.
Important changes for AO-13 relative to earlier Calls
Joint XMM-Newton/NuSTAR ProgrammeBy agreement with the NuSTAR Project, proposers interested in making use of NuSTAR time as part of their XMM-Newton science investigations may submit a single proposal requesting time with both missions in response to this AO. The NuSTAR Project is making up to 1.5 Ms of NuSTAR observing time available to such joint science proposals. The policies that apply are detailed in section 5.4.6 of the Policies and Procedures document. Note that NuSTAR data rights were changed on 24 September 2013.
Access to 3XMM (DR4) catalogue and bulk reprocessed pipeline products via the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA)On 23 July 2013, XSA v8.0 was released with access to the third XMM-Newton Serendipitous Source Catalogue, 3XMM-DR4, and to the full pipeline-reprocessed XMM-Newton data. The new XSA interface is web-based and the command line access via self-made scripts using the Archive InterOperability system (AIO) is still possible, but requires the download of new AIO client files. Note should be taken that the old java-based XSA v7.2 and old AIO client files are still available but provide access only to the old pipeline products and the 2XMM catalogue rather than to 3XMM. More details are given at http://xmm.esac.esa.int/xsa/
Proposal Submission DocumentationThe following AO-13 documentation is available:
On-line documentation contains updated links to references in the text.
The XMM-Newton SOC highly recommends the use of the Scientific Justification LaTeX Template (see further instructions at the end of this page).
Approved AO-13 observations are planned to be performed during the period May 2014 to April 2015 (XMM-Newton revolutions 2636 - 2818).
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-13 proposers:
Other Useful Links for ProposersThe following links are available to assist AO-13 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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