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Chandra Electronic Bulletin No. 58
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Welcome to the Chandra X-ray Center's Electronic News Bulletin Number 58.

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1.  CIAO 3.4.1 and CIAO Patch Releases for Mac OSX Users

2.  ACIS Cosmic Ray-induced Dead Area calibration added to CIAO 3.4 and CalDB

3.  Successful EPO Proposals and New EPO Product

4.  Meeting Announcement

5.  X-ray Grating Spectroscopy Workshop 


Item 1. CIAO 3.4.1 and CIAO Patch Releases for Mac OSX Users

The Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) is pleased to announce that patch 
versions 3.4.1 and of CIAO ("Chandra Interactive Analysis of 
Observations") is available for download from 
http://cxc.harvard.edu/ciao/download/ .


These releases are *only* of interest to users running CIAO on Mac OSX 
10.4 PowerPc and Mac OSX 10.4 Intel. A CIAO 3.4 installation needs to be 

The CIAO 3.4.1 patch fixes problems running the applications Prism and 
Filtwin on Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) on PowerPC.  This patch has no effect 
when installed in Mac OS 10.2 or 10.3 on PowerPC. The patch file 
upgrades CIAO 3.4 to CIAO 3.4.1.

The CIAO patch makes it possible to run all tools and applications (e.g. 
Sherpa and ChIPS) on Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger) on Intel. Intel Mac users do 
not need to install the CIAO 3.4.1 patch; the CIAO patch file is 
a direct upgrade to CIAO 3.4.

The CIAO software for Intel runs under Apple's Rosetta software, the PPC 
emulator software, which is included in Mac OS X for Intel machines. A native 
Intel build of CIAO will be released in the course of 2007.

For complete information on this release, including some performance 
test results of running CIAO on Intel Mac under Rosetta, please see the 
full Release Notes (http://cxc.harvard.edu/ciao/releasenotes/).


As always please send questions and requests for enhancements to the CXC
HELPDESK (http://cxc.harvard.edu/helpdesk/)

CIAO 3.4.X is a collaborative effort between the SAO/CXC Science Data
Systems, the SAO/CXC Data Systems, and MIT/CXC personnel.

Antonella Fruscione (for the CIAO development team)


Item 2.  ACIS Cosmic Ray-induced Dead Area calibration added to CIAO 3.4 
         and CalDB 3.3.0

The cosmic ray flux incident on ACIS reduces the usable area in a
probabilistic fashion dependent upon the time a pixel is exposed to
cosmic rays during readout. Since that time depends on the clocking
parameters and upon parallel read row, it cannot be treated as a scalar
factor on the QE or on the effective exposure time. In effect, it is
properly a position-dependent exposure time correction factor. 

The new calibration is available in CIAO 3.4, but is NOT TURNED ON by 
default in the software. For information on how to apply the cosmic 
ray dead-area correction to your ACIS data analysis, and for technical 
details, see the CXC WHY page:


CXC CIAO Documentation Team and the Chandra CalDB Manager


Item 3.  Successful EPO Proposals and New EPO Product

Summaries of successful proposals from the Cycle 8 EPO
peer review have been posted at:

A 12 month Chandra calendar is available for download 
and printing from a link on the top page of the Chandra public
web site, or go directly to: 

Kathleen Lestition                      
Education & Outreach Coordinator       


Item 4. Meeting Announcement

High Energy Astrophysics: the keV-Tev Connection

Yerevan, Armenia 

August 20-25, 2007

SOC:  F. Aharonian, X. Barcons, T. Courvoisier, G. Hasinger

Information is available at:  



Item 5. X-ray Grating Spectroscopy Workshop

The Chandra X-ray Center will host a science workshop on  
X-ray Grating Spectroscopy  in Cambridge, MA, July 11-13, 2007.  
The Scientific Organizing Committee has formed and is led by
Jane Turner (Chair) and Nancy Brickhouse (Vice Chair).

Further information on the workshop  can be found at
or by contacting xgratings07@cfa.harvard.edu


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