AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 4 Computation, Data Handling and Image Analysis
Poster, Monday, January 5, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[4.03] Improvements to the image processing of HST NICMOS observations with multiple readouts

V. Fadeyev, G. Aldering, S. Perlmutter (LBNL)

We report on improvements made to the standard NICMOS processing pipeline. The calculation of the uncertainties on the signal accumulation rate has been modified to now include the statistical correlations between the consecutive readouts. In order to correct a problem with the existing cosmic ray rejection algorithm, we have developed and implemented a joint fit procedure, where the accumulating signal is fit as linear functions of time with the same rate both before and after the cosmic ray (CR) impact. We also accounted for inter-pixel correlations in the CR-affected region. The new processing is most relevant for deep observations of faint targets, and for PSF fitting. We show examples of these improvements for deep NIC2 images of high-redshift supernova from the Supernova Cosmology Project.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: VAFadeyev@lbl.gov

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