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Last modified: 28 October 2009

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Aspect Solution File

Data Products Guide

Level Instrum ICD Data product Content Pipeline Filename template
L1 PCAD v2.4 Aspect Solution File ASPSOL ASP1 pcad...asol1.fits

Aspect Solution File

Level Instrum ICD Data product Content Pipeline Filename template
L1 PCAD v2.4 Aspect Solution File ASPSOL ASP1 pcad...asol1.fits

Description:

The aspect solution describes the pointing of the telescope as determined by the Pointing Control and Determination (PCAD) system. The PCAD uses three instruments to determine the alignment of the detectors relative to the sky. They are:

  1. two 2-axis gyroscopes
  2. a 4.25" star-tracking optical CCD camera
  3. an internal set of fiducial lights (LEDs mounted on the science instrument focal planes)

The accurate determination of pointing is necessary to take full advantage of the high spatial resolution of the HRMA. During a normal science observation, Chandra is continually "dithering" in a repetitive 8" (ACIS) or 20" (HRC) Lissajous pattern to minimize the affect of bad pixels and lessen the effect of radiation on the detectors. The aspect solution therefore allows the ground processing pipeline to remove this dither pattern (as well as any other random disturbances) and assign an RA and Declination to each detected photon.

In some instances, more than one asol file will be included in the package of data products. The files may be merged with the tool dmmerge, to create a complete asol file for the observation. Alternatively, many tools which require the asol file(s), such as asphist, will accept a list of asol files, as a stack.

file name template:

pcad*_asol1.fits - the string of numbers in the asol file name (e.g. "pcadf111767021N001_asol1.fits") refers to the start time of the period for which the aspect solution is valid. The time is measured in seconds, starting at 0h UT, Jan 1, 1998.

creator pipeline:

ASP1

creator tool:

no tool (asol files generated internally).

Useful links:

ASOL specific columns:

Column Name Units Description
time seconds -
ra degrees RA of MNC frame (x-axis). The Mirror Nodal Coordinates (MNC) have their origin at the optical axis. See the coordinates manual for more info.
dec degrees Dec of MNC frams (x-axis). See 'ra' description.
roll degrees Roll of MNC frame. See 'ra' description.
ra_err degrees uncertainty in RA
dec_err degrees uncertainty in DEC
roll_err degrees uncertainty in Roll
dy mm Shift of STF frame realtive to FC frame. The SIM (Science Instrument Module) Translation Frame (STF) takes into account the position of the optical bench and the instrument's position on the bench. The Focal Coordinate (FC) system is centered on the telescopes nominal focus. The difference between STF and FC is usually very small, and due to shifts in the telescope structure. For more info see the coordinates manual.
dz mm Shift of STF frame relative to FC frame. See 'dy' description.
dtheta degrees Rotation of STF frame relative to FC frame. See 'dy' description.
dy_err mm Uncertainty in dy
dz_err mm Uncertainty in dz
dtheta_err degrees Uncertainty in dtheta
q_att[4] - -
roll_bias degrees/second Change in the Telescope roll, as determined by gyroscope.
pitch_bias degrees/second Change in the Telescope pitch, as determined by gyroscope.
yaw_bias degrees/second Change in the Telescope yaw, as determined by gyroscope.
roll_bias_err degrees/second Uncertainty in roll_bias
pitch_bias_err degrees/second Uncertainty in pitch_bias
yaw_bias_err degrees/second Uncertainty in yaw_bias

Last modified: 28 October 2009