CalDB 126.96.36.199 Public Release Notes
Public Release Date: 09 APR 2014
Not installed in SDP
CalDB 188.8.131.52 is patch correction to the Chandra CalDB, and includes the following item only:
- HRC-I BKGRND 2012, 2013 Validity Date Corrections
For the CIAO 4.6.1 / CalDB 184.108.40.206 release notes see How CalDB 220.127.116.11 Affects Your Analysis.
II. SUMMARY OF CHANGES
The CalDB Manager has found an error in the index listings of the 2012 and 2013 HRC-I BKGRND files that were released in CalDB 4.6.1 on 26 March 2014. While the error does NOT affect Standard Data Processing (SDP) in any way, it does affect those with HRC-I data who want to use the CIAO contributed script "fluximage" (or a manual procedure similar to that) with observations taken since 2012-01-01T00:00:00 UTC. The error occurs because the Calibration Validity Start Date (CVSD) and Calibration Validity End Date (CVED) values are reversed between two of the HRC-I BKGRND event files listed above.
The result is that the 2013 file above is selected for 2012 OBS_IDs, and the 2012 file is selected for 2013 and beyond OBS_IDs.
The fix is to correct the CVSD0001 and CVED0001 values in the two named files, and then rebuild the HRC branch index file. This has been done and verified CalDB 18.104.22.168 as detailed in the technical details section below.
CIAO TOOLS/SCRIPTS AFFECTED:
For OBS_IDs taken since 2012-01-01T00:00:00 UTC only:
III. TECHNICAL DETAILS
The problem with the HRC branch index and the 2012 and 2013 HRC-I BKGRND event lists occurs when one is using the CIAO 4.6.1 script hrc_bkgrnd_lookup or the contributed script fluximage, for any OBS_ID with DATE-OBS after 2012-01-01T00:00:00 (UTC). This can be illustrated with three OBS_IDs in particular from calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014. Note that the HRC-I BKGRND event lists are valid one full calendar year beginning with the date in their respective filenames. The table below gives the OBS_IDs, their starting dates and times (DATE-OBS), and the files selected by hrc_bkgrnd_lookup with CalDB 4.6.1 (third column) and CalDB 22.214.171.124 (fourth column).
|HRC-I BKGRND event list
|HRC-I BKGRND event list
CalDB 126.96.36.199 patch
As shown in the table (third column), the wrong BKGRND event list is selected for CalDB 4.6.1 in all three cases. However, as given in the fourth column above, the correct file is selected in all three cases with the corrected index in CalDB 188.8.131.52. Hence the CalDB 184.108.40.206 patch upgrade fixes the problem.