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Paper: Field Tests for the ESPRESSO Data Analysis Software
Volume: 521, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXVI
Page: 362
Authors: Cupani, G.; D'Odorico, V.; Cristiani, S.; Hernández, J. I. G.; Lovis, C.; Sousa, S.; Marcantonio, P. D.; Mégevand, D.
Abstract: The data analysis software (DAS) for VLT ESPRESSO aims to set a new benchmark in the treatment of spectroscopic data towards the extremely-large-telescope era, providing carefully designed, fully interactive recipes to take care of complex analysis operations (e.g. radial velocity estimation in stellar spectra, interpretation of the absorption features in quasar spectra). A few months away from the instrument's first light, the DAS is now mature for science validation, with most algorithms already implemented and operational. In this paper, we will showcase the DAS features which are currently employed on high-resolution HARPS and UVES spectra to assess the scientific reliability of the recipes and their range of application. We will give a glimpse of the science that will be possible when ESPRESSO data become available, with a particular focus on the novel approach that has been adopted to simultaneously fit the emission continuum and the absorption lines in the Lyman-alpha forest of quasar spectra.
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