High Level Science Products (HLSPs) are community-contributed data products that complement or supplement a MAST-supported mission. These can include images, spectra, light curves, catalogs, maps, and simulations. They might utilize follow-up observations from other telescopes, or data from MAST missions processed in a unique way. MAST currently hosts more than 120 HLSPs, and the collection is constantly growing.
The collections of detrended K2 light curves hosted on MAST have proven to be especially popular products. In these datasets, the systematic errors caused by spacecraft pointing drift have been corrected using a number of different techniques. As of this writing, five different teams have provided their detrended K2 light curves and associated data products: K2SFF, K2VARCAT, POLAR, K2SC, and EVEREST, while several others are in preparation. One question we have had at MAST is how the usage of these data products compares with mission-provided light curves. We found that these HLSPs are downloaded more than the K2 mission products, after accounting for different sizes of the light curve files.
We were also curious if this was the result of a few users downloading lots of these data products, but it turns out there are often more unique IP addresses (i.e., archive users) accessing the K2 HLSP light curves than the mission-produced ones too.
The final statistic we looked at was the total number of files being downloaded (rather than the total size) per month, and once again, the K2 HLSP usage is larger than the mission-produced usage.
While we are not making the individual results public at this time, it also turns out that some of these K2 HLSPs are out-performing the mission-produced light curves by themselves. These datasets provide a very good example of how contributing an HLSP to the MAST repository can increase the impact of your research.
Any questions or comments on these statistics may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you are interested in developing a new HLSP with MAST we would be happy to discuss the possibilities!
A recent update to the CALACS data calibration pipeline has made a number of improvements to the handling of Advanced Camera for Surveys data. ACS users are encouraged to reprocess data using the new updates.
The 2017.2A quick fix saw some major updates to the data calibration pipeline CALACS that will affect all Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) data going back to the initial ACS installation. This new version of CALACS (version 9.2.0) contains many improvements to make the data as accurate as possible. Some of the major highlights include:
A new sink pixel flagging algorithm and new type of reference file that flags weak charge traps in ACS/WFC data (see ACS ISR 2017-01) similar to what WFC3/UVIS is currently performing except that the charge traps are recalculated each anneal for ACS.
A new pixel-based Charge Transfer Efficiency (CTE) correction for the Wide Field Channel (WFC) detector which now more accurately models CTE losses in WFC (ACS ISR 2017-07 coming soon!). This includes new code to look at each pixel individually as well as a new time-dependent model.
The ACS team studied all of the hot pixels in WFC dark images to perform a stability analysis, which discovered that almost all hot pixels are stable to within their Poisson variance and thus could be trusted for most science (see ACS ISR 2017-05). New darks will use Data Quality bit 32 to flag instability of an individual pixel which will be propagated into science data.
And finally, an enhanced Bias level correction that now correctly calculates the bias level for amplifier B and D subarrays. This new process now uses a reference file to identify and trim the overscan regions.
New and Updated High-Level Science Products Available from MAST
The MAST team has recently released a number of updated high-level science products on topics from solar system to galaxy cluster science. Read more about these programs and how to access their data products from MAST.
We are happy to announce there have been a number of recent updates and additions to various High-Level Science Products (HLSPs) hosted on MAST, which are now available to the astronomical community. These include:
Update:MUSCLES Treasury Survey - The Measurements of the UV Spectral Characteristics of Low Mass Exoplanetary Systems (MUSCLES) team added a high-resolution synthetic spectrum of GJ 832 (M2 V) ranging from X-rays to the infrared (Fontenla et al. 2016).
This newsletter is a MAST publication produced by Jonathan Hargis, Peter Forshay, and Randy Thompson, on behalf of the entire MAST staff, who welcome your comments and suggestions.
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