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MAISIE: a multipurpose astronomical instrument simulator environment
Author(s): Alan O'Brien; Steven Beard; Vincent Geers; Pamela Klaassen
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Paper Abstract

Astronomical instruments often need simulators to preview their data products and test their data reduction pipelines. Instrument simulators have tended to be purpose-built with a single instrument in mind, and at- tempting to reuse one of these simulators for a different purpose is often a slow and difficult task. MAISIE is a simulator framework designed for reuse on different instruments. An object-oriented design encourages reuse of functionality and structure, while offering the flexibility to create new classes with new functionality. MAISIE is a set of Python classes, interfaces and tools to help build instrument simulators. MAISIE can just as easily build simulators for single and multi-channel instruments, imagers and spectrometers, ground and space based instruments. To remain easy to use and to facilitate the sharing of simulators across teams, MAISIE is written in Python, a freely available and open-source language. New functionality can be created for MAISIE by creating new classes that represent optical elements. This approach allows new and novel instruments to add functionality and take advantage of the existing MAISIE classes. MAISIE has recently been used successfully to develop the simulator for the JWST/MIRI- Medium Resolution Spectrometer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 991312 (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231649
Show Author Affiliations
Alan O'Brien, The UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Steven Beard, The UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Vincent Geers, The UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Pamela Klaassen, The UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9913:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV
Gianluca Chiozzi; Juan C. Guzman, Editor(s)

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