XMM-Newton SSC

Survey Science Center of the space telescope XMM-Newton
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The space telescope XMM-Newton on its orbit around the earth (artist's impression).

Credit: ESA/D. Ducros

The XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (SSC) is an international ESA collaboration of institutes in Spain, UK, Germany and France and associated scientists in Europe, USA and Japan. Until June 2013, it was led by Leicester University (UK, SSC web page Leicester).


Together with the ESA team at the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre (SOC) at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), the SSC


Within the consortium, the SSC members at the Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) have the responsibility to

  • develop and compile the catalogues from overlapping XMM-Newton observations,
  • develop and maintain the source detection software for the pipeline processing of the XMM-Newton EPIC data.
    This work is done in close collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik in Garching.
  • contribute to the XMM-Newton Serendipitous Source Catalogues.
  • contribute to the XID programme.
    For example, the AIP has triggered the XMM-EIS, the ESO public imaging on XMM-fields, and published the corresponding X-ray images and source lists.

Further webpages

About XMM-Newton
XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre at ESAC
XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre Consortium

Project website: https://xmmssc.aip.de/


IoA Cambridge, UK: University of Cambridge, Institute of Astronomy

UCL-MSSL Dorking (Surrey), UK: Mullard Space Science Laboratory of the University College London

MPE Garching, Germany: Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestriche Physik

XROA Leicester, UK: University of Leicester, Department of Physics and Astronomy

OAB Milano, Italy: Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera

AIP Potsdam, Germany: Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam

CEA Saclay, France: Service d'Astrophysique L'Orme des Merisiers, Centre d'Etudes de Saclay

IFCA Santander, Spain: University of Cantabria, Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria (CSIC-UC)

OAS Strasbourg, France: University of Strasbourg, Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, Equipe Hautes Energies

IRAP Toulouse, France: Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie

Involved AIP sections and groups:

X-ray Astronomy
Last update: 10. February 2021