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Measuring the effectiveness of simulated LSST observing programs
Author(s): Stephen T. Ridgway; Srinivasan Chandrasekharan; Kem H. Cook; R. Lynne Jones; K. Simon Krughoff; Catherine Petry; Željko Ivezić
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Paper Abstract

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will record approximately 2.5x10^6 images over a 10-year interval, using 6 optical filters, with a wide variety of cadences on time scales of seconds to years. The observing program will be of a complexity that it can only be realized with heavily automated scheduling. The LSST OpSim team has devised a schedule simulator to support development of that capability. This paper addresses the complex problem of how to measure the success of a schedule simulation for realization of science objectives. Tools called Merit Functions evaluate the patterns and other properties of scheduled image acquisitions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 844810 (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926306
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Stephen T. Ridgway, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Srinivasan Chandrasekharan, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Kem H. Cook, Eureka Scientific, Inc. (United States)
R. Lynne Jones, Univ. of Washington (United States)
K. Simon Krughoff, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Catherine Petry, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Željko Ivezić, Univ. of Washington (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8448:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Fernando Comeron, Editor(s)

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