Number 17, October 2001
Contents: 1) CalFUSE v2.0.5 is here! 2) NASA announces results of Cycle 3 proposal review 3) Cycle 3 phase 2 inputs needed 4) FUSE Science and Data Workshop planned 1) CalFUSE v2.0.5 is here! A production version of the new FUSE calibration pipeline, CalFUSE v2.0.5, is now available for general use. It features the following improvements over v1.8.7: * Corrected heliocentric wavelength scale * Detection and removal of event bursts * Walk correction (for low-pulse-height events) * Improved scattered-light model * Astigmatism correction * Optimal (weighted) spectral extraction * Improved wavelength and flux calibrations * Mechanisms for omitting individual pipeline steps If you have been using the test version of CalFUSE (v2.0.1), we recommend that you upgrade to v2.0.5, as we have made numerous changes to the software and calibration files over the past two months. For example, it is now possible to turn off the background subtraction, which may be desirable for very faint targets. We expect to begin routine processing of all FUSE data with CalFUSE 2.0.5 in early November. For more information, please visit the CalFUSE homepage at 2) NASA announces results of Cycle 3 proposal review The results of NASA's review of FUSE Guest Investigator proposals for Cycle 3 are now avilable. A list of successful proposals and targets to be observed is posted on the FUSE GI web site (http://fusewww.gsfc.nasa.gov) under "Cycle 3 GI programs" The list of Cycle 3 targets will be updated with planned exposure times after the detailed observing plans have been submitted. These listings do not include solar system proposals, which are still being reviewed. These results will be posted in late October. 3) Cycle 3 phase 2 inputs needed With the release of the results from the NASA peer review of the cycle 3 proposals, it is time to design the details of your accepted observations. Please edit the phase 2 templates that we sent you, in accordance with the NASA acceptance letters and submit to the FUSE project at JHU. There are two steps to the submittal process: First submit the filled in template to the firstname.lastname@example.org (if necessary multiple times) to ensure that your file goes cleanly though our parser. When all errors have been corrected, perform a final submittal to email@example.com. Full instructions can be found on our web site: The nominal deadline for phase 2 submittals is October 15. However we do recognize that time is running short, so we will be flexible with this deadline. Remember, though, that it is to both our and your advantage to get the cycle 3 database populated in a timely manner. 3) FUSE Science and Data Workshop planned Mark your calendars! The FUSE Project plans to sponsor a three-day FUSE Science and Data Workshop during the week of March 18, 2002 on the Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore, Maryland. This year's meeting will feature primarily presentations of scientific results by GIs and the PI team, as opposed to data calibration and processing that dominated the two previous workshops. There will be invited talks and posters. A Scientific Organizing Committee is being formed. Further information will be circulated in the near future.
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