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The HST/WFC3 Quicklook Project: A User Interface to Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 Data

  • Matthew Bourque (a1), Varun Bajaj (a1), Ariel Bowers (a1), Michael Dulude (a1), Meredith Durbin (a2), Catherine Gosmeyer (a1), Heather Gunning (a1), Harish Khandrika (a1), Catherine Martlin (a1), Ben Sunnquist (a1) and Alex Viana (a3)...

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The Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) instrument, comprised of two detectors, UVIS (Ultraviolet-Visible) and IR (Infrared), has been acquiring ~ 50-100 images daily since its installation in 2009. The WFC3 Quicklook project provides a means for instrument analysts to store, calibrate, monitor, and interact with these data through the various Quicklook systems: (1) a ~ 175 TB filesystem, which stores the entire WFC3 archive on disk, (2) a MySQL database, which stores image header data, (3) a Python-based automation platform, which currently executes 22 unique calibration/monitoring scripts, (4) a Python-based code library, which provides system functionality such as logging, downloading tools, database connection objects, and filesystem management, and (5) a Python/Flask-based web interface to the Quicklook system. The Quicklook project has enabled large-scale WFC3 analyses and calibrations, such as the monitoring of the health and stability of the WFC3 instrument, the measurement of ~ 20 million WFC3/UVIS Point Spread Functions (PSFs), the creation of WFC3/IR persistence calibration products, and many others.

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The HST/WFC3 Quicklook Project: A User Interface to Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 Data

  • Matthew Bourque (a1), Varun Bajaj (a1), Ariel Bowers (a1), Michael Dulude (a1), Meredith Durbin (a2), Catherine Gosmeyer (a1), Heather Gunning (a1), Harish Khandrika (a1), Catherine Martlin (a1), Ben Sunnquist (a1) and Alex Viana (a3)...

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