AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 36. HST Instrumentation
Display, Thursday, January 7, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibits Hall 1

[36.09] New Tools for STIS Spectroscopic Data

J. Wilson, S. A. Baum, I. Busko, M. De La Pena, B. R. Espey, H. C. Ferguson, P. Hodge (STScI)

In anticipation of Cycle 8 observations, two new tasks are being developed to help general observers deal with STIS spectroscopic data: an optimal extraction task and a spectrum spicer. We will present results from tests of the optimal extraction and spectrum splicing algorithms. In particular, we will show: \begin{enumerate} \item The application of the optimal extraction to STIS first order and echelle data with emphasis on the improvement in signal-to-noise obtained relative to the current pipeline extraction method. \item Results of the spectrum splicer's clipping and combining of echelle or first order data over a range of orders, central wavelength or scan settings. \end{enumerate}