ACSIS software update to track per-subsystem

On 20201202 we updated our ACSIS software. In the past all receptors would be written our to raw files on a per-observation basis. For the Nāmakanui insert `Ū`ū this meant that for each observation a minimum of two files would be produced, one for LSB and one for USB, each containing 4 receptors: NU0L, NU0U, NU1L, NU1U. This led to writing out blank data. Below is a quick reminder of Nāmakanui receptor naming convention:

  • N= Instrument: Nāmakanui
  • U = Insert: `Ū`ū
  • 0/1 = Polarization: 0/1
  • L/U = Side-band: LSB/USB

The ACSIS software update now keeps track of working receptors per-subsystem (spectral window) instead of per-observation, and thus does not write blank data to the .sdf output files for non-contributing receptors. This is mostly for the sake of Nāmakanui, but will also affect HARP regarding the order the receptors appear in the output files. Thus if you look at raw `Ū`ū  data files taken before the change you will see blank data.

Raw Nāmakanui data inspected in GAIA before the ACSIS software update (pre-20201202). Left: USB data only is contained in the file inspected but all four receptors are assigned pixels. Right: LSB data only is contained in the file inspected but all four receptors are assigned pixels. Note the blank data.

Raw Nāmakanui data inspected in GAIA after the ACSIS software update (post-20201202). Left: USB data only is contained in the file inspected. Right: LSB data only is contained in the file inspected.

More information regarding the fits-headers that track receptors used can be found here.

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