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SPS: a software simulator for the Herschel-SPIRE photometer

Sibthorpe, B., Chanial, P. and Griffin, Matthew Joseph 2009. SPS: a software simulator for the Herschel-SPIRE photometer. Astronomy and Astrophysics 503 (2) , pp. 625-630. 10.1051/0004-6361/200911724

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Aims. Instrument simulators are becoming ever more useful for planning and analysing large astronomy survey data. In this paper we present a simulator for the Herschel-SPIRE photometer. We describe the models it uses and the form of the input and output data. Methods. The SPIRE photometer simulator is a software package which uses theoretical models, along with flight model test data, to perform numerical simulations of the output time-lines from the instrument in operation on board the Herschel space observatory. Results. A description of the types of uses of the simulator are given, along with information on its past uses. These include example simulations performed in preparation for a high redshift galaxy survey, and a debris disc survey. These are presented as a demonstration of the sort of outputs the simulator is capable of producing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: methods: numerical; instrumentation: photometers; space vehicles: instruments
Publisher: EDP Sciences
ISSN: 0004-6361
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:16

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