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19 December 2002 AQUA: a very fast automatic reduction pipeline for near real-time GRBs early afterglow detection
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AQUA (Automated QUick Analysis) is the fast reduction pipeline of the Near Infra-Red (NIR) images obtained by the REM telescope. REM (Rapid Eye Mount) is a robotic NIR/Optical 60cm telescope for fast detection of early afterglow of Gamma Ray Bursts (GRB). NIR observations of GRBs early afterglow are of crucial importance for GRBs science, revealing even optical obscured or high redshift events. On the technical side, they pose a series of problems: luminous background, bright sources (as the counterparts should be observed few seconds after the satellite trigger) and fast detection force high rate images acquisition. Even if the observational strategy will change during the same event observation depending on the counterpart characteristics, we will start with 1 second exposures at the fastest possible rate. The main guideline in the AQUA pipeline development is to allow such a data rate along all the night with nearly real-time results delivery. AQUA will start from the raw images and will deliver an alert with coordinates, photometry and colors to larger telescopes to allow prompt spectroscopic and polarimetric observations. Very fast processing for the raw 512×512 32bit images and variable sources detection with both sources catalogs and images comparison have been implemented to obtain a processing speed of at least 1 image/sec. AQUA is based on ANSI-C code optimized to run on a dual Athlon Linux PC with careful MMX and SSE instructions utilization.
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Andrea Di Paola, Lucio Angelo Antonelli, Vincenzo Testa, and Giorgio Patria "AQUA: a very fast automatic reduction pipeline for near real-time GRBs early afterglow detection", Proc. SPIE 4847, Astronomical Data Analysis II, (19 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461081;


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