Number 17 October 2001


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 ( 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 (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  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 

The Observer's Electronic Newsletter is published by the FUSE project and is 
aimed at the FUSE user community.

Editor: B-G Andersson, FUSE Guest Investigator Officer.

The FUSE Project is managed by Johns Hopkins University's Center for 
Astrophysical Sciences in Baltimore, MD, for NASA's Goddard Space Flight 
Center.  The FUSE Principal Investigator is Dr. Warren Moos, the FUSE Project 
Manager at JHU is Mr. J.B. Joyce, and the NASA Project Scientist for FUSE 
is Dr. George Sonneborn.

Further information about the FUSE Guest Investigator Program can  be
obtained from:  Dr. George Sonneborn;

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