XMM – Newton Survey Science Centre

Thematic group: GAHEC
Scientific lead : Natalie Webb
Main OSU : Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées

The XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (XMM-SSC) was selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1996.  The XMM-SSC provides the scientific community with the the tools necessary to exploit all of the XMM-Newton data. 


The XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre (SSC) is a consortium of ten European institutes with the following responsibilities : 

  • development of the software (Science Analysis System (SAS)) for the reduction and analysis of XMM-Newton data
  • the reduction of all of the XMM-Newton data to provide to observers
  • the production of catalogues of the X-ray sources detected in the XMM-Newton data
  • the identification of the X-ray sources

IRAP’s role in the XMM-SSC

  • Head of the consortium
  • Production, validation and publication of the catalogues
  • Participation in the pipeline processing
  • Software development and identification of X-ray sources


The XMM-SSC service includes the three French institutes ; Strasbourg Observatory, Midi-Pyrenees Observatory and the AIM, CEA, Saclay.

The XMM-SSC consortium members are :

  • Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse, France
  • University of Leicester, UK
  • Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, UK
  • Max-Planck Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Germany
  • Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik, Potsdam (AIP), Germany
  • Département d’Astrophysique, CEA/DRF/IRFU, Saclay, France
  • Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, France
  • Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria, Santander, Spain