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Chandra Electronic Bulletin No. 28
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Welcome to the Chandra X-ray Center's Electronic News Bulletin Number 28.

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1. CIAO 3.1 Released
2. Chandra Brief Bibliography
3. Chandra Student Survey


Item 1. CIAO 3.1 Released - 7 July 2004

The Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) is pleased to announce that version 3.1 of CIAO 
("Chandra Interactive Analysis of Observations") and version 2.27 of CALDB are 
now available for download from:

They are also available from the European mirror site at:


CIAO 3.1 contains enhancements to the tool acis_process_events to handle the 
time-dependent ACIS gain correction. There are also bug fixes to the Data 
Model library, Sherpa, and several CIAO tools.

There is also a new "S-Lang in CIAO" web site:
which starts to collect information and documentation about the use of the 
S-Lang scripting language as implemented in CIAO. Many improvements and 
additions to these "S-Lang in CIAO" web pages will be coming in the next few 

For complete information on this release, please see the full Release Notes 
(http://cxc.harvard.edu/ciao/releasenotes/) which now contain new paragraphs 
"How this affects your data analysis" to help users evaluate the need of 
rerunning a processing tool in CIAO following changes in software or 


In tandem with CIAO3.1 is the release of the Chandra Calibration Database 
CALDB 2.27 which contains essential elements for CIAO version 3.1, including 
ACIS T_GAIN time-dependent gain correction files.  Release Notes are available 

The new acis_process_events require CALDB2.27 therefore it *must* be 
downloaded and installed (or upgraded from an earlier version) to run CIAO 3.1.

Information about CALDB 2.27 and CALDB in general can be found in the newly 
redesigned Chandra Calibration Database website at:


CIAO3.1 is distributed for the following platforms:
Solaris 2.8
Linux Redhat 6.2
Linux Redhat 8
Mac OS X 10.2.8

More details at http://cxc.harvard.edu/ciao/download/platforms.html


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

CIAO3.1 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. Chandra Brief Bibliography

We have compiled a list of basic references and URLs intended 
to be a starting point for understanding Chandra instruments and data. 
It is deliberately limited to a few references for each topic and 
not intended to be comprehensive, just a good start.

Take a look:


       Nancy Remage Evans


Item 3. Chandra Student Survey

Thanks to all the Chandra Principal Investigators who have 
responded to our email about student involvement with 
Chandra data.  We have posted a summary of the results from 
2000 to 2003 (reprinted from Newsletter #11):


        Nancy Remage Evans and Tara Gokas

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