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Paper: XMM-Newton Data Reprocessing and Creation of the 2XMM X-ray Catalog
Volume: 376, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XVI
Page: 178
Authors: Fyfe, D.J.
Abstract: The XMM–Newton Survey Science Centre (XMMSSC) is carrying out a major exercise to re-process all XMM–Newton science data collected since the launch of XMM in late 1999, with the aim of providing a high-quality and uniform set of high-level science data products for the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA). In parallel, the reprocessing products are being used to create the 2XMM catalog of X-ray sources that were serendipitously detected in the XMM EPIC X-ray images. The 2XMM catalog will constitute the largest X-ray source catalog ever produced, and will be a major resource for a wide range of astrophysical projects. The reprocessing exercise, which will include more than 5000 separate XMM observations taken over a period of more than 6 years, is currently underway and is expected to be complete by the end of 2006.
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