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Quality control of the ESO-VLT instruments
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Paper Abstract

Currently four instruments are operational at the four 8.2m telescopes of the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope: FORS1, FORS2, UVES, and ISAAC. Their data products are processed by the Data Flow Operations Group (also known as QC Garching) using dedicated pipelines. Calibration data are processed in order to provide instrument health checks, monitor instrument performance, and detect problems in time. The Quality Control (QC) system has been developed during the past three years. It has the following general components: procedures (pipeline and post-pipeline) to measure QC parameters; a database for storage; a calibration archive hosting master calibration data; web pages and interfaces. This system is part of a larger control system which also has a branch on Paranal where quick-look data are immediately checked for instrument health. The VLT QC system has a critical impact on instrument performance. Some examples are given where careful quality checks have discovered instrument failures or non-optimal performance. Results and documentation of the VLT QC system are accessible under http://www.eso.org/qc/.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 January 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4844, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III, (2 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460616
Show Author Affiliations
Reinhard W. Hanuschik, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Wolfgang Hummel, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Paola Sartoretti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
David R. Silva, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4844:
Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III
Peter J. Quinn, Editor(s)

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