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Field Tests for the ESPRESSO Data Analysis Software

G. Cupani, V. D'Odorico, S. Cristiani, J. I. González Hernández, C. Lovis, S. G. Sousa, P. Di Marcantonio, D. Mégevand

The data analysis software (DAS) for VLT ESPRESSO aims to set a new benchmark in the treatment of spectroscopic data towards the extremely-large-telescope era, providing carefully designed, fully interactive recipes to take care of complex analysis operations (e.g. radial velocity estimation in stellar spectra, interpretation of the absorption features in quasar spectra). A few months away from the instrument's first light, the DAS is now mature for science validation, with most algorithms already implemented and operational. In this paper, we will showcase the DAS features which are currently employed on high-resolution HARPS and UVES spectra to assess the scientific reliability of the recipes and their range of application. We will give a glimpse of the science that will be possible when ESPRESSO data become available, with a particular focus on the novel approach that has been adopted to simultaneously fit the emission continuum and the absorption lines in the Lyman-alpha forest of quasar spectra.

Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics

Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXVI ASP Conference Series
Marco Molinaro, Keith Shortridge, Fabio Pasian

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume 521, Page 362
2019 October

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia