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The latest happenings in JCMT data pipeline development, as well as our interfaces with the JCMT data archive at CADC.
In most cases the default calibration for SCUBA-2 data processed by the ORAC-DR pipeline is mJy beam-1. The exception is the recipe for extended sources, REDUCE_SCAN_EXTENDED_SOURCES, which calibrates data in mJy arcsec-2.
Unfortunately there was an error in an earlier version of this recipe which meant that the FCF was applied incorrectly. The corrected method is available now with an update of ORAC-DR (either from github or via rsync from JAC). If you have data processed with this recipe (either by running it yourself, or downloading processed products from CADC) then re-calibrating the data is easy: simply divide by the pixel area using KAPPA
There is a new PICARD recipe for easy calibration of maps produced by running
makemap by hand. CALIBRATE_SCUBA2_DATA allows data to be calibrated in in per-beam and surface brightness units. With no parameters, this recipe will calibrate data in mJy beam-1. For surface brightness calibration, set the recipe parameter USEFCF to 1 and FCF_CALTYPE to ARCSEC, and the recipe will then use the default ARCSEC FCF for the wavelength of the given data.
The recipe can also convert the calibration from one type to another. If your data are already calibrated in mJy beam-1, they can be given to CALIBRATE_SCUBA2_DATA with the FCF_CALTYPE recipe parameter above, and the recipe will create a new file (with suffix
_cal) with units of mJy arcsec-2. The value and units of the FCF are written into the FITS header of the calibrated file.
The companion recipe, UNCALIBRATE_SCUBA2_DATA, will undo the current calibration, reverting the units to pW in the output file (which has a suffix of
Using ORAC-DR or PICARD to perform the (un)calibration is preferred to simply multiplying your data by the FCF as they also set the units correctly for the output files(s), and write the value of the FCF used into the FITS header of the file.
However, there is one note to highlight: the recommended way to calibrate data (either from raw or when changing from per beam to per square-arcsec) is to calibrate the individual observations first, and then coadd those (re)calibrated files. Calibrating or re-calibrating coadds will fail because the coadding step was recently updated to remove FITS header entries that differ between the input files. These usually include the UTDATE which is used by the ORAC-DR calibration system. A future upgrade will provide a workaround though the recommendation to calibrate individual observations stands.