This website is a research tool for making quick-look science online using data from the XMM-Newton source catalog. For the first time it implements several advanced features for scientific analysis such as X-ray spectral fitting and photons extraction with barycentering in a web browser. It also follows a unique development model representing an example of new type of citizen science with highly skilled volunteers. Brief overview of these concepts is given in the following presentation: XMM_catalog.pdf.
The web application has benefited from the assistance of citizen scientists — highly experienced software engineers working outside the academia that volunteered to help with its development. Here is the list of contributors in alphabetical order:
- Maxim Chernyshov, backend programming
- Alexey Sergeev, design
- Askar Timirgazin, frontend programming
- Natalie Webb, computing resources
- Ivan Zolotukhin, the idea and overall implementation
The website is experimental and works in β mode, so some features may not work properly. If you believe you came across its malfunction, or want to request a new feature, please visit our user feedback page and vote for existing bugs / feature requests or add new ones. For personal comments you are welcome to email site authors.
We would like to acknowledge the usage of these open source technologies: