Instrument related UCDs
Alberto.Micol at eso.org
Thu Sep 29 06:24:51 PDT 2005
I'm pretty aware that this email comes far too late, and I apologise
Still, for the next round, I think that some of the UCD descriptions
should be improved
to avoid confusion. But please keep reading, and imagine a naive user
or might not have deep knowledge on how an instrument works; still s/he
is given the
task to assign ucds to different quantities. Here we go:
Is it the signal induced by e.g. the electronics of the detector,
or, another example, by the heat of the detector?
Note: it is not to be confused with the readout noise
If the answer is yes, then...
...Is it different than instr.background?
If it is a "sky" level, why does it belong to instr?
Also, why is it not marked with the syntax code "E"?
Is this the FWHM of the PSF, or the PSF itself?
Maybe a better description to clarify...
And why is it associated to instr.det?
Usually the PSF is the product of the convolution of various
starting from the seeing; is this just only the component induced by
optics (including the telescope itself), or is it really meant to be
coming from the fact that the detector is sampled into pixels?
I would think that the ucd for PSF FWHM is:
(but phys.resolution does not exist).
Is it the sampling precision, or e.g. the astrometric accuracy?
At first sight one might think that those two ucds are equivalent!
I would recommend to change the description of instr.sensitivity
to actually explicit the fact that the sensitivity includes
BOTH the detector QE AND the transmission of the optics (at least
that is my guess!).
Is it suppose to be the name of the telescope?
Or is it just only an adjective (in which case Q should be changed
Q instr.tel.focalLength exists; what about instr.tel.diameter?
Let me end this with TRANSMISSION:
Regarding transmission I would like to see explicited in the text that
phys.transm is actually the covolution of various things, eg.:
phys.transm = instr.sensitivity * instr.filter.transm
(where I assume that
instr.sensitivity = instr.det.qe * instr.optics.transm
and notice that I invented the last one, which does not exist)
I think we have to make very clear such distinctions, otherwise people
will use e.g. instr.sensitivity, while they mean phys.transm, or
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