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Volume 365, Number 1, January I 2001
First Results from XMM-Newton
Page(s) L51 - L59
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20000067

A&A 365, L51-L59 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20000067

The XMM-Newton Serendipitous Survey

I. The role of XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre
M. G. Watson1, J.-L. Auguères2, J. Ballet2, X. Barcons3, D. Barret4, M. Boer4, Th. Boller5, G. E. Bromage6, H. Brunner7, F. J. Carrera8,3, M. S. Cropper8, M. Denby1, M. Ehle5,9, M. Elvis10, A. C. Fabian11, M. J. Freyberg5, P. Guillout12, J.-M. Hameury12, G. Hasinger7, D. A. Hinshaw13,1, T. Maccacaro14, K. O. Mason8, R. G. McMahon11, L. Michel12, L. Mirioni12, J. P. Mittaz8, C. Motch12, J.-F. Olive4, J. P. Osborne1, C. G. Page1, M. Pakull12, B. H. Perry13,1, M. Pierre2, W. Pietsch5, J. P. Pye1, A. M. Read5, T. P. Roberts1, S. R. Rosen8, J.-L. Sauvageot2, A. D. Schwope7, K. Sekiguchi15, G. C. Stewart1, I. Stewart1, I. Valtchanov2, M. J. Ward1, R. S. Warwick1, R. G. West1, N. E. White16 and D. M. Worrall17.

1  X-ray Astronomy Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Leicester University, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
2  DSM/DAPNIA/SAp, Bât. 709, CEA-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
3  Instituto de Fisíca de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), 39005 Santander, Spain
4  Centre d'Étude Spatiale des Rayonnements, 31028 Toulouse, France
5  Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, 85741 Garching bei München, Germany
6  Centre for Astrophysics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, UK
7  Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (AIP), 14482 Potsdam, Germany
8  Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking RH5 6NT, UK
9  XMM-Newton SOC, Villafranca, 28080 Madrid, Spain
10  Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge MA 02138, USA
11  Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 OHA, UK
12  Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, 67000 Strasbourg, France
13  NASA-GSFC/HEASARC-Raytheon Co.
14  Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, 20121 Milano, Italy
15  Subaru Telescope/NAOJ, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
16  LHEA, NASA-GSFC, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
17  Dept.of Physics, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TL, UK

(Received 2 October 2000 / Accepted 27 October 2000)

This paper describes the performance of XMM-Newton for serendipitous surveys and summarises the scope and potential of the XMM-Newton Serendipitous Survey. The role of the Survey Science Centre (SSC) in the XMM-Newton project is outlined. The SSC's follow-up and identification programme for the XMM-Newton serendipitous survey is described together with the presentation of some of the first results.

Key words: surveys -methods: data analysis -X-rays: general -X-rays: galaxies - X-rays: stars

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