AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
Session 62. HST Instrumentation
Display, Wednesday, June 5, 2002, 10:00am-7:00pm, SW Exhibit Hall

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[62.09] HST Wide Field and Planetary Camera II Status Update

I. Heyer, S. Gonzaga, A. Koekemoer, V. Kozhurina-Platais, L. Lubin, M. McMaster, A. Schultz, B. Whitmore (STScI)

We review the status of the Wide Field and Planetary Camera II (WFPC2) onboard the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as recent enhancements to calibration and user support. The photometric, flat field, and PSF stabilities continue to be excellent, and they do not appear to have been affected by the recent servicing mission. Charge Transfer Efficiency (CTE) in the CCDs remains a concern; we discuss the latest results from on-going monitor programs, as well as the latest correction procedures. We also discuss a reanalysis of the "long-vs-short" anomaly, which suggests that the effect is primarily relevant for very crowded fields (several thousand stars per CCD). The entire set of flat fields for the standard filters redward of F300W has been updated. Plans are under way for Cycle 11 calibration programs, and some of the highlights are discussed. A new edition of the WFPC2 Data Analysis Tutorial is available. The WFPC2 Instrument Handbook has been updated for Cycle 11, and a new edition of the HST Data Handbook is also available. Efforts have begun to update the WFPC2 website to make it easier for people to find desired documents. The Servicing Mission SM3b occurred February 2002, and we summarize the WFPC2 SMOV results. These and other issues will be discussed.

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