Calibration Access and Data Handbook

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Generation from In-Orbit Data

Ideally the in-orbit PixToPixSens file will be generated from internal calibration measurements using the fullframe high resolution engineering mode. However due to their large data volume the fullframe high resolution data won't be available frequently enough to base the in-flight generation of the PixToPixSens file on the high resolution data. Therefore a different strategy has to be adopted.

The SAS task omflatgen will be used to compute the PixToPixSens files from low resolution internal calibration exposures (tracking off, BPE on), which are predominately acquired during slews. The analysis can be outlined as

  1. Multiple exposures may be co-added to achieve high enough statistics.
  2. removal/flagging of bad pixels
  3. calculation of average CCD frametime in the used exposures
  4. calculation of average CFRR,
    i.e. the average counts per pixel per CCD-frame
  5. fpn?
  6. check dark counts and exclude bad pixel?
  7. calculation of the local normalization mask(?)/value for each 8x8area/pixel
    e.g. by calculating the average within a sliding box of TBD width.
  8. local image normalization
    by dividing the pixel content by the local average value
  9. eventual exclusion of large excursion regions and recalculation of step 4 and 5
  10. global normalization
    e.g. by division with the average of the local normalization values or by normalization to values of a reference area/pixel.
If the non uniformity of the calibration lamp illumination is known with sufficient accuracy, the inverse of the illumination pattern can be be used for uniformity correction and the normalization steps can be omitted in the data analysis. The non-uniformity of the calibration lamp illumination can be derived from a comparison of the smoothed high resolution flatfield with the large scale flatfield.

In case not sufficient high resolution flatfield data are available the low resolution data must be expanded into high resolution PixToPixSens data.
This can be achieved in three different ways, depending on the availability of data.

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Michael Smith 2011-09-20