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Data reduction pipelines for the Very Large Telescope
Author(s): P. Ballester; K. Banse; S. Castro; R. Hanuschik; R. N. Hook; C. Izzo; Y. Jung; A. Kaufer; J. M. Larsen; T. Licha; H. Lorch; L. Lundin; A. Modigliani; R. Palsa; M. Péron; C. Sabet; J. Vinther
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Paper Abstract

With the completion of the first generation instrumentation set on the Very Large Telescope, a total of eleven instruments are now provided at the VLT/VLTI for science operations. For each of them, ESO provides automatic data reduction facilities in the form of instrument pipelines developed in collaboration with the instrument consortia. The pipelines are deployed in different environments, at the observatory and at the ESO headquarters, for on-line assessment of observations, instruments and detector monitoring, as well as data quality control and products generation. A number of VLT pipelines are also distributed to the user community together with front-end applications for batch and interactive usage. The main application of the pipeline is to support the Quality Control process. However, ESO also aims to deliver pipelines that can generate science ready products for a major fraction of the scientific needs of the users. This paper provides an overview of the current developments for the VLT/VLTI next generation of instruments and of the prototyping studies of new tools for science users.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6270, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems, 62700T (29 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671229
Show Author Affiliations
P. Ballester, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
K. Banse, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
S. Castro, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
R. Hanuschik, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
R. N. Hook, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
C. Izzo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Y. Jung, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
A. Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
J. M. Larsen, Rovsing A/S (Denmark)
T. Licha, Tekom GmbH (Germany)
H. Lorch, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
L. Lundin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
A. Modigliani, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
R. Palsa, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Péron, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
C. Sabet, Tekom GmbH (Germany)
J. Vinther, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6270:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems
David R. Silva; Rodger E. Doxsey, Editor(s)

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