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Paper: ETCs and Observations Simulation at the VLT
Volume: 216, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems IX
Page: 331
Authors: Ballester, P.; Pizarro de La Iglesia, J. A.; Modigliani, A.; Boitquin, O.
Abstract: Several developments make it more practical today to efficiently use models of ground-based astronomical instruments in the entire observational process. First, the proposer can prepare observations using exposure time estimators and data simulators. Second, the observatory can control the configuration, test data analysis procedures, and provide calibration solutions with the help of instrument models. This paper presents the VLT object-oriented framework for the development of ETCs (Exposure Time Calculators) and data simulators. Applications of such models to the calibration of infrared and optical high-resolution spectrographs is discussed.
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