Export Scripts for Herschel

Two HIPE scripts have been made available to export Herschel/PACS and Herschel/SPIRE photometer data to SANEPIC format

New FAQ Page

A new Frequently Asked Question page is now availble on the SANEPIC website


A new version of SANEPIC v0.2 with several improvements :

- frequency sampling and high pass filter frequency can now be atomized per data set
- optimization of FFTW usage & use of FFTW wisdom,
- several memory enhancement,
- cleaner output

Bug Fix for SANEPIC v0.1

a small bug fix for SANEPIC v0.1 in order to be able to use any value non null for flagged data

A Versatile Program for Bolometer Array Data Reduction

Signal And Noise Estimation Procedure Including Correlation (SANEPIC) has been originaly developped by G. Patanchon to be used on data from the Ballon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope experiment (BLAST). SANEPIC has then been fully revised, modularized and generalized to other bolometer array by A. Beelen & M. Husson. SANEPIC has been applied with success to Herschel/SPIRE, Herschel/PACS data.

SANEPIC is based on a maximum likelihood approach, with several approximations, and focuses specifically on the regime where there are a large number of detectors sampling the same map of the sky, and allowing the possibility for strong correlation between detectors time streams.

Model of the data

The data for detector i observing at a given wavelength and at a time sample t can be written as

$$d_{it} = {[A_i]}_{tp} s_{p} + n_{it}$$

where $p$ labels the pixel in the final map, $A_i$ is the pointing matrix for bolometer $i$, $s_p$ is the amplitude at pixel $p$, and $n$ is the noise amplitude at time $t$ for bolometer $i$. Assuming a symetric beam, SANEPIC use a maximum likelihood technique to derive the sky map $s_p$ convolved by the instrument beam. The noise term $n_{it}$ represent the sum of all the contributions to the timestream which do not reproject on the sky and can be decomposed as

$$n_{it} = \tilde{n}_{it} + \alpha_i c_t$$

where the first term is the noise which is uncorrelated between detectors and the second term represents the common-mode component of the noise, rescaled by an amplitude parameter i which depends on the detector but not on time. The noise is assumed to be Gaussian and stationary

Maximum Likelihood map-making

Assuming the simple linear model above, the maximum likelihood solution is estimated by the so called map making equation :

$\hat{s} = {(A^tN^{-1}A)}^{-1} A^t N^{-1} d$

where $N_{{ii}^\prime {tt}^\prime} = \langle{n_{it} . n_{i^\prime t^\prime}^t }\rangle$ is the noise covariance matrix. Computation of this equation is far from trivial for most astronomical application, due to the large amount of data. Using methods similar to the one developed for MADCAP, SANEPIC is able to resolve this equation by performing a transposition into Fourier space, under the assumption that each timestream is circulant.