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2 January 2002 VLT Interferometer Data Flow System: from observation preparation to data processing
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In this article we present the Data Flow System (DFS) for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). The Data Flow System is the VLT end-to-end software system for handling astronomical observations from the initial observation proposal phase through the acquisition, processing and control of the astronomical data. The Data Flow system is now in the process of installation and adaptation for the VLT Interferometer. The DFS was first installed for VLTI first fringes utilising the siderostats together with the VINCI instrument and is constantly being upgraded in phase with the VLTI commissioning. When completed the VLT Interferometer will make it possible to coherently combine up to three beams coming from the four VLT 8.2m telescopes as well as from a set of initially three 1.8m Auxiliary Telescopes, using a Delay Line tunnel and four interferometry instruments. Observations of objects with some scientific interest are already being carried out in the framework of the VLTI commissioning using siderostats and the VLT Unit Telescopes, making it possible to test tools under realistic conditions. These tools comprise observation preparation, pipeline processing and further analysis systems. Work is in progress for the commissioning of other VLTI science instruments such as MIDI and AMBER. These are planned for the second half of 2002 and first half of 2003 respectively. The DFS will be especially useful for service observing. This is expected to be an important mode of observation for the VLTI, which is required to cope with numerous observation constraints and the need for observations spread over extended periods of time.
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Pascal Ballester, Alberto Maurizio Chavan, Andreas Glindemann, Carlos Guirao, Walter Jaffe, Pierre Kervella, Michele Peron, Benoit Pirenne, Peter J. Quinn, Andrea Richichi, Cyrus Sabet, Markus Scholler, Andreas J. Wicenec, Rainer Wilhelm, Bruce Wiseman, Markus Wittkowski, and Stefano Zampieri "VLT Interferometer Data Flow System: from observation preparation to data processing", Proc. SPIE 4844, Observatory Operations to Optimize Scientific Return III, (2 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460619;


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