SYNOPSIS

esorex fors_normalise_flat [OPTIONS] FILE.sof

DESCRIPTION

This recipe is used to normalise a master flat field frame dividing it by its large scale illumination trend. This recipe can be applied both to generic multi-slit (MOS/MXU) and to long slit exposures (either LSS, or LSS-like MOS/MXU), even if different normalisation methods are applied in such different cases. The input master flat field image is the product of the recipe fors_flat. The input spectral curvature table, product of the recipe fors_detect_spectra, is only required in the case of multi-slit data.

In the case of multi-slit data, the flat field spectra are spatially rectified, heavily smoothed, and then mapped back on the CCD. Then the master flat image is divided by its smoothed counterpart. The smoothing may be obtained either by applying a running median filter of specified sizes, or by polynomial fitting along the dispersion direction performed independently for each row of the spatially remapped spectra.

In the case of long-slit data, the smoothing can still be obtained either by applying a running median filter or by polynomial fitting, but the polynomial fitting will be performed along the spatial direction, for each column of the spectrum.

In the table below the MXU acronym can be alternatively read as MOS or LSS.

Input files:

  DO category:               Type:       Explanation:         Required:
  MASTER_SCREEN_FLAT_MXU     Calib       Master flat frame       Y
  DISP_COEFF_MXU             Calib       Wavelength calibration  Y
  CURV_COEFF_MXU             Calib       Spectral curvature      .
  SLIT_LOCATION_MXU          Calib       Slit detection          .
  GRISM_TABLE                Calib       Grism table             Y

Output files:

  DO category:               Data type:  Explanation:
  MASTER_NORM_FLAT_MXU       FITS image  Normalised flat field

OPTIONS

--dispersion <float>

Expected spectral dispersion (Angstrom/pixel) (float; default: 0.0). The full name of this option for the EsoRex configuration file is fors.fors_normalise_flat.dispersion [default = 0.0].

--startwavelength <float>

Start wavelength in spectral extraction (float; default: 0.0). The full name of this option for the EsoRex configuration file is fors.fors_normalise_flat.startwavelength [default = 0.0].

--endwavelength <float>

End wavelength in spectral extraction (float; default: 0.0). The full name of this option for the EsoRex configuration file is fors.fors_normalise_flat.endwavelength [default = 0.0].

--spa_polydegree <long>

Polynomial degree for the flat field fitting along spatial direction (long; default: -1). The full name of this option for the EsoRex configuration file is fors.fors_normalise_flat.spa_polydegree [default = -1].

--sradius <long>

Smooth box radius for flat field along spatial direction (used if spa_knots < 0) (long; default: 10). The full name of this option for the EsoRex configuration file is fors.fors_normalise_flat.sradius [default = 10].

--disp_nknots <long>

Number of knots in flat field fitting splines along dispersion direction (long; default: -1). The full name of this option for the EsoRex configuration file is fors.fors_normalise_flat.disp_nknots [default = -1].

--dradius <long>

Smooth box radius for flat field along dispersion direction (if disp_knots < 0) (long; default: 10). The full name of this option for the EsoRex configuration file is fors.fors_normalise_flat.dradius [default = 10].

--splfit_threshold <float>

Threshold percentage for flat spline fittingwith respect to the maximum (float; default: 0.01). The full name of this option for the EsoRex configuration file is fors.fors_normalise_flat.splfit_threshold [default = 0.01].

Note that it is possible to create a configuration file containing these options, along with suitable default values. Please refer to the details provided by the 'esorex --help' command.

RELATED TO fors_normalise_flat…

The full documentation for the fors pipeline can be downloaded as a PDF file using the following URL:

  • ftp://ftp.eso.org/pub/dfs/pipelines/fors/fors-pipeline-manual-4.9.pdf

An overview over the existing ESO pipelines can be found on the web page http://www.eso.org/sci/software/pipelines/.

Basic documentation about the EsoRex program can be found at the esorex (1) man page.

It is possible to call the pipelines from python using the python-cpl package. See http://packages.python.org/python-cpl/index.html for further information.

The other recipes of the fors pipeline are fors_wave_calib_lss(7), fors_img_sky_flat(7), fors_resample(7), fors_config(7), fors_extract_objects(7), fors_calib(7), fors_wave_calib(7), fors_detect_objects(7), fors_pmos_science(7), fors_extract_slits(7), test_hough(7), fors_img_screen_flat(7), fors_extract(7), fors_remove_bias(7), fors_subtract_sky(7), montecarlo(7), fors_photometry(7), fors_zeropoint(7), fors_dark(7), fors_subtract_sky_lss(7), fors_trace_flat(7), fors_flatfield(7), fors_img_science(7), fors_detect_spectra(7), fors_sumflux(7), fors_pmos_extract(7), fors_align_sky_lss(7), fors_bias(7), fors_align_sky(7), fors_pmos_calib(7), fors_spec_mflat(7), fors_science(7)

VERSION

fors_normalise_flat 5.0.0

AUTHOR

Carlo Izzo <[email protected]>

BUG REPORTS

Please report any problems to [email protected] Alternatively, you may send a report to the ESO User Support Department <[email protected]>.

LICENSE

This file is currently part of the FORS Instrument Pipeline Copyright (C) 2002-2010 European Southern Observatory

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