Data processing pipeline for Herschel HIFI

Shipman, R. F., Beaulieu, S. F., Teyssier, D., Morris, P., Rengel, M., McCoey, C., Edwards, K., Kester, D., Lorenzani, A., Coeur-Joly, O., Melchior, M., Xie, J., Sanchez, E., Zaal, P., Avruch, I., Borys, C., Braine, J., Comito, C., Delforge, B., Herpin, F., Hoac, A., Kwon, W., Lord, S. D., Marston, A., Mueller, M., Olberg, M., Ossenkopf, V., Puga, E. & Akyilmaz-Yabaci, M., 1-Dec-2017, In : Astronomy & astrophysics. 608

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  • R. F. Shipman
  • S. F. Beaulieu
  • D. Teyssier
  • P. Morris
  • M. Rengel
  • C. McCoey
  • K. Edwards
  • D. Kester
  • A. Lorenzani
  • O. Coeur-Joly
  • M. Melchior
  • J. Xie
  • E. Sanchez
  • P. Zaal
  • I. Avruch
  • C. Borys
  • J. Braine
  • C. Comito
  • B. Delforge
  • F. Herpin
  • A. Hoac
  • W. Kwon
  • S. D. Lord
  • A. Marston
  • M. Mueller
  • M. Olberg
  • V. Ossenkopf
  • E. Puga
  • M. Akyilmaz-Yabaci
Context. The HIFI instrument on the Herschel Space Observatory performed over 9100 astronomical observations, almost 900 of which were calibration observations in the course of the nearly four-year Herschel mission. The data from each observation had to be converted from raw telemetry into calibrated products and were included in the Herschel Science Archive. Aims: The HIFI pipeline was designed to provide robust conversion from raw telemetry into calibrated data throughout all phases of the HIFI missions. Pre-launch laboratory testing was supported as were routine mission operations. Methods: A modular software design allowed components to be easily added, removed, amended and/or extended as the understanding of the HIFI data developed during and after mission operations. Results: The HIFI pipeline processed data from all HIFI observing modes within the Herschel automated processing environment as well as within an interactive environment. The same software can be used by the general astronomical community to reprocess any standard HIFI observation. The pipeline also recorded the consistency of processing results and provided automated quality reports. Many pipeline modules were in use since the HIFI pre-launch instrument level testing. Conclusions: Processing in steps facilitated data analysis to discover and address instrument artefacts and uncertainties. The availability of the same pipeline components from pre-launch throughout the mission made for well-understood, tested, and stable processing. A smooth transition from one phase to the next significantly enhanced processing reliability and robustness. Herschel was an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAstronomy & astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 1-Dec-2017


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