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FIRST SCIENCE RESULTS FROM XMM NEWTON AND CHANDRA AT

Last Updated on Friday, 07 May 2010 19:46
Published on Wednesday, 23 February 2005 00:00

NASA's orbiting X-ray observatory, Chandra, was launched in the summer of 1999 and ESA's XMM Newton observatory about 6 months later. Complementing each other, they represent immense improvements over the capabilities of previous X-ray missions. Results so far from these observatories will be the subject of a one-day discussion meeting in London as part of the Royal Astronomical Society's regular monthly programme. More about the missions can be found at http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/index.html and http://xmm.vilspa.esa.es/dec2000/

Media representatives are welcome to attend. The meeting is in the Scientific Societies' Lecture Theatre at 23 Savile Row, London, W1.

An outline of the programme is given below.

For more information, contact Professor Phil Charles Dept of Physics & Astronomy, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  mobile phone: 07968-158213 office phone: (+44) (0)2380 592076 home phone: (+44) (0)1865 554668  fax: (+44) (0)593910

Morning Session (Chair: Prof. Phil Charles) 10.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. 


10.30 Overview of the Chandra and XMM Observatories. Martin Ward (University of Leicester)

10.50 XMM EPIC observations of AGN continua and Iron K-alpha lines. Paul O'Brien (University of Leicester)

11.10 High Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy of AGN. Graziella Branduardi Raymont (Mullard Space Science Laboratory)

11.30 Revealing the Warm Absorber in MCG--6-30-15 with the Chandra HETG. Raquel Morales (University of Cambridge)

11.35 Chandra observations of nearby cooling flows. Jeremy Sanders (University of Cambridge)

11.50 Cooling flow spectra of clusters of galaxies as observed by XMM-Newton. Jelle Kaastra (University of Utrecht)

12.05 Chandra measurements of the masses of luminous lensing clusters. Steve Allen (University of Cambridge)

12.20 Spectral imaging of galaxies and groups with Chandra and XMM Newton. Trevor Ponman (University of Birmingham)

12.40 Highlights of Chandra HETG science. Claude Canizares (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

 Afternoon Session (Chair: Prof. Andy Fabian) 2.00 - 3.30pm 


2.00 First results and prospects for observations of X-ray binaries. Rob Hynes (University of Southampton)

2.15 X-ray Spectroscopy of Stars. Manuel Guedel (Zurich)

2.35 HETG results on X-ray binaries and stars. Norbert Schulz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

2.45 Peeking into the obscured universe: Chandra and XMM Newton observations of the X-ray background. Geunther Hasinger (Potsdam)

3.05 Chandra Observations of Faint X-ray Galaxies and the Herschel Deep Field. Tom Shanks (University of Durham)

3.15 Poster Rapporteur and late-breaking results. Keith Mason (Mullard Space Science Laboratory)

 

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