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Paper: Automated Reference File Generation for HST STIS Using OPUS
Volume: 281, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XI
Page: 277
Authors: Swam, Michael S.; Goodfrooij, Paul; Diaz-Miller, Rosa I.
Abstract: A project has been undertaken at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) to automatically generate some types of instrument reference files as soon as the raw exposures are received from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This project will start by automatically producing bias and dark reference files for some of the modes of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph's (STIS) CCD camera. Using database tables of planned and received exposures, scripts developed by the STIS instrument group, and the process automation and monitoring features of OPUS, this system will allow monitoring of reference file creation as it occurs on the production systems at STScI. This monitoring occurs through the OPUS Observation Manager (OMG), a Java application running on a potentially remote workstation or personal computer. The automation of the process will not only reduce considerably the time it takes to create these reference files, but also will allow the delivery of accurate bias and dark reference files for STIS shortly after the observations occur, resulting in a much better calibration of the data. This paper will describe the features of the system architecture and the software technologies used to implement them.
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