The 2007 ESO Instrument Calibration Workshop

The 2007 ESO Instrument Calibration Workshop

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The 2007 ESO Instrument Calibration workshop brought together more than 120 participants with the objective to a) foster the sharing of information, experience and techniques between observers, instrument developers and instrument operation teams, b) review the actual precision and limitations of the applied instrument calibration plans, and c) collect the current and future requirements by the ESO users. These present proceedings include the majority of the workshopa€™s contributions and document the status quo of instrument calibration at ESO in large detail. Topics covered are: Optical Spectro-Imagers, Optical Multi-Object Spectrographs, NIR and MIR Spectro-Imagers, High-Resolution Spectrographs, Integral Field Spectrographs, Adaptive Optics Instruments, Polarimetric Instruments, Wide Field Imagers, Interferometric Instruments as well as other crucial aspects such as data flow, quality control, data reduction software and atmospheric effects. It was stated in the workshop that a€œcalibration is a life-long learning processa€'. In this sense, this book will be a reference point for all future efforts to improve instrument calibration procedures in astronomy.Pick-off arms provide the optical relay to image objects selected from the patrol field at the Nasmyth focus onto 24 image slicing IFUs. ... External light sources are fed via integrating spheres and high transmission light pipes to a calibration sphere with 24 output ports addressed ... The instrument will be located on the Nasmyth platform of the VLT and is due for delivery to the telescope in 2010. ... The calibration issues are the same to first order and are increasingly well understood asanbsp;...

Title:The 2007 ESO Instrument Calibration Workshop
Author:Andreas Kaufer, Florian Kerber
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2008-05-05


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