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Obtaining science data from COS: the data calibration process
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Paper Abstract

COS has two distinct ultraviolet channels covering the spectral range from 1150Å to 3200Å. The NUV channel covers the range from 1700Å to 3200Å and uses the Hubble Space Telescope's STIS spare MAMA. The FUV channel uses a micro channel plate detector with a cross-delay line readout system to cover the range from 1150Å to 1900Å. Due to the analog nature of the readout electronics of the FUV detector, this system is sensitive to temperature variations and has non-uniform pixel size across its sensitive area. We present a step-by-step description of the calibration process required to transform raw data from the COS into fully corrected and calibrated spectra ready for scientific analysis. Initial simulated raw COS data is used to demonstrate the calibration process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4854, Future EUV/UV and Visible Space Astrophysics Missions and Instrumentation, (24 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459773
Show Author Affiliations
Stephane Beland, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Steven Penton, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Erik Wilkinson, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4854:
Future EUV/UV and Visible Space Astrophysics Missions and Instrumentation
J. Chris Blades; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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