The Announcement of Opportunity AO15 is closed now
Effective 25 August 2015, XMM-Newton observing proposals were solicited
in response to the Fifteenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-15.
A letter from ESA's Director of Science and Robotic Exploration,
inviting you to participate in the Fifteenth Call for Proposals, is
for XMM-Newton AO-15 proposal
submission was Friday 9 October 2015, 12:00 UT
Important changes for AO-15 relative to earlier Calls
(The policies that apply to XMM-Newton Joint Programmes are
described in detail in the
Policies and Procedures Document.)
List of candidate targets in Anticipated ToO proposals
As in previous AOs, a separate observation has to be entered in the
Remote Proposal System (RPS) for every candidate in the list of
targets for ToO observations. As of this AO, zero exposure time can be
entered in the RPS for some of the targets in the list.
Care should be taken by the PI that the total requested time in the
proposal reflects the observing strategy (e.g. if only one of the
candidates is going to be observed, only one of the observations
should have non-zero exposure time).
Joint Programmes and C priority observations
Time within the joint programmes will only be granted to observations
with priority A or B.
Follow-up Observations of gravitational wave candidates
For details, please refer to Section 22.214.171.124 of the
Policies and Procedures Document
Proposal Submission Documentation
The following AO-15 documentation is available:
Letter by the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration announcing AO-15
Policies and Procedures for the XMM-Newton AO-15
XMM-Newton Users Handbook (UHB)
XMM-Newton Scientific Justification LaTeX Template
(Scientific Justification must not exceed 4 pages, 5 pages for Large and Very Large Programmes)
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
instructions at the end of this page).
|Key milestones for AO-15 are:
|Announcement of Opportunity
|| 25 August 2015
| Due date for Proposals
|| 9 October 2015 (12:00 UT)
| Final OTAC approved programme
|| late December 2015
|For approved proposals only:
| Start of Phase II proposal submission
|| 12 January 2016
| Closure of Phase II proposal submission
|| 5 February 2016
| Start of AO-15 observations
|| May 2016
Approved AO-15 observations are planned to be performed during the period
May 2016 to April 2017 (XMM-Newton revolutions 3003 - 3185).
Proposal Submission Procedure and Tools
XMM-Newton Proposals were submitted using the
XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission
The following tools are available to assist AO-15 proposers:
Visibility Checker Tool:
Check if a target is visible with XMM-Newton
Sky Visibility Map:
Check visibility constraints for any position on the sky during this AO
Check if a target has been observed or is awaiting observation by XMM-Newton
Pending Accepted ToO and Triggered Observations:
Check if a target has already been accepted as anticipated ToO, and find the validity period of the corresponding proposal
XMM-Newton Mosaic Mode:
EPIC Exposure Map Simulator
EPIC-pn footprint template for ds9 and Aladin:
can be downloaded to be used as templates for ds9 and Aladin viewers, respectively. They should be loaded as Region-Template-Load (in ds9)
and FOV (in Aladin). The Position Angles with which a given object can be observed with XMM-Newton can be obtained with the
Visibility Checker Tool.
Other Useful Links for Proposers
The following links are available to assist AO-15 proposers:
The following external links may also be helpful:
Using the LaTeX Template File
Use of the provided
to write the scientific justification is highly recommended.
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:
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.
Use ps2pdf (preferably version 1.4) to convert the postscript file to PDF:
> latex file.tex
> dvips -Ppdf -G0 -o file.ps file.dvi
> ps2pdf14 file.ps file.pdf
Please take note of the following points regarding the use of the LaTeX
Proposers 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 centre the text.
The page limit of 4 pages (5 pages only for justifications of
"Large Programmes" and "Very Large Programmes") includes all
materials, i.e. science justification and Sections 4 and 5
(previous work and publications).
Color images are allowed and proposals are distributed to OTAC in
electronic form. However, the scientific content of images should
still remain clear when displayed or printed in black and white.
The proposal justification can be submitted in single or 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