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SPHERE data reduction and handling system: overview, project status, and development
Author(s): Alexey Pavlov; Ole Möller-Nilsson; Markus Feldt; Thomas Henning; Jean-Luc Beuzit; David Mouillet
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Paper Abstract

The SPHERE project is a ESO second generation instrument which aims to detect giant extra-solar planets in the vicinity of bright stars and to characterise the objects found through spectroscopic and polarimetric observations.Technical tolerances are the tightest ever for an instrument installed at the VLT, and SPHERE demands a rather unique DRH software package to accompany the data from the observation preparation to the search for planetary signals. This paper addresses the current status of the data reduction and handling system (DRHS) for the SPHERE instruments. It includes descriptions of the calibration and science data, reduction steps and their data products. The development strategy for creating of a coherent software that allows to achieve high observation efficiency is briefly discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 701939 (15 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789110
Show Author Affiliations
Alexey Pavlov, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Germany)
Ole Möller-Nilsson, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Germany)
Markus Feldt, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Germany)
Thomas Henning, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Germany)
Jean-Luc Beuzit, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (France)
David Mouillet, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Grenoble (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7019:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II
Alan Bridger; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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