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Preliminary software architecture for the PRIMA astrometric Data Analysis Facility
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One of the goals of the VLTI PRIMA (Phase Referenced Imaging and Micro-arcsecond Astrometry) facility will be to obtain high accuracy astrometry (of the order of 10 micro-arcsec) for the measurement of the reflex motion due to planets. In order to achieve this an offline astrometric Data Analysis Facility (DAF) is planned to perform a homogeneous and iterative analysis over several years of observations. This system will be part of the PRIMA Data Reduction Library (DRL), which also contains the online pipeline. The most important module of the DAF will be the Trend Analysis to identify and fit the systematic errors and feed them back into the data reduction. This requires an infrastructure which allows for comprehensive access to all raw and derived data and enough flexibility to easily introduce new algorithms in the system. We plan to realize this with a database, sophisticated middleware and Application Programmers' Interfaces (APIs) for the algorithms and user interface plug-ins. We present in this paper the requirements and preliminary design of the DAF, as well as the implementation issues concerning the integration with other modules of the DRL and ESO compliance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004);
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Jeroen A. de Jong, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
Eric J. Bakker, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
Walter J. Jaffe, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
Sabine Frink, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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