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Calibration trending in the Spitzer beyond era

Lowrance, Patrick J. and Krick, Jessica E. and Ingalls, Jim G. and Laine, Seppo and Carey, Sean J. and Glaccum, William and Hora, Joseph L. and Grillmair, Carl J. (2018) Calibration trending in the Spitzer beyond era. In: Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII. Proceedings of SPIE. No.10704. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Aert. No. 1070427. ISBN 9781510619616.

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The Spitzer Space Telescope currently operates in the "Beyond Era", over nine years past an original cryogenic mission. As the astronomy community continues to advance scientific boundaries and push beyond original specifications, the stability of the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) instrument is paramount. The Instrument Team (IST) monitors the pointing accuracy, temperature, and calibration and provides the information in a timely manner to observers. The IRAC IST created a calibration trending web page, available to the general astronomy community, where the team posts updates of three most pertinent scientific stability measures of the IRAC data: calibration, bias, and bad pixels. In addition, photometry and telescope properties from all the staring observations (>1500 as of April 2018) are trended to examine correlations with changes in the age or thermal properties of the telescope. A long, well-sampled baseline established by consistent monitoring outside anomalies and space weather events allows even the smallest changes to be detected.

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Grillmair, Carl J.0000-0003-4072-169X
Additional Information:© 2018 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Subject Keywords:infrared instrumentation, calibration, space mission
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:10704
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Official Citation:Patrick J. Lowrance, Jessica E. Krick, Jim G. Ingalls, Seppo Laine, Sean J. Carey, William Glaccum, Joseph L. Hora, Carl Grillmair, "Calibration trending in the Spitzer beyond era," Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 1070427 (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313953
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Deposited On:03 Jan 2019 23:56
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