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Paper: aXeTwoZero: The Next Generation of aXe
Volume: 434, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XIX
Page: 305
Authors: Kümmel, M.; Kuntschner, H.; Walsh, J. R.; Bushouse, H.
Abstract: The aXe spectral extraction software was designed to extract spectra from slitless data such as taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on board of HST. Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), which was installed on HST during Service Mission 4 in May 2009, also contains slitless spectroscopic modes on both, the IR and the UVIS arms, and aXe is the recommended tool for reducing its slitless data. Rather than adjusting the previous version aXe-1.71 to WFC3, we have chosen to re-factorize the current aXe to build aXeTwoZero (aXeTZ), the next generation of the aXe software. We explain the structure and the properties of aXeTZ. The reduction of WFC3 slitless data with aXeTZ is demonstrated using early in-orbit calibration data. aXeTZ is scheduled to be released as part of STSDAS in November 2009. A brief outlook of further developments is given.
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