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Paper: Automated Spectral Extraction for High Multiplexing MOS and IFU Observations
Volume: 238, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems X
Page: 451
Authors: Scodeggio, M.; Zanichelli, A.; Garilli, B.; Le Fèvre, O.; Vettolani, G.
Abstract: The distinguishing characteristic of VIMOS is its very high multiplex capability: in MOS mode up to 800 spectra can be acquired simultaneously, while the Integral Field Unit produces 6400 spectra to obtain integral field spectroscopy of an area approximately 1×1 arcmin in size. To successfully exploit the capabilities of such an instrument, it is necessary to expedite as much as possible the analysis of the very large volume of data that it will produce, automating almost completely the basic data reduction and the related bookkeeping process. The VIMOS Data Reduction Software (DRS) has been designed specifically to satisfy these two requirements. A complete automation is achieved using a series of auxiliary tables that store all the input information needed by the data reduction procedures, and all the output information that they produce. We expect to achieve a satisfactory data reduction for more than 90% of the input spectra, while some level of human intervention might be required for a small fraction of them to complete the data reduction. The DRS procedures can be used as a stand-alone package, but are also being incorporated within the VIMOS pipeline under development at the European Southern Observatory.
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