MIRI Multi-Instrument, Multi-Field Imaging Template Parameters
JWST's MIRI Multi-Instrument, Multi-Field Imaging template, available in the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT), is used for calibration observations for the MIRI instrument.
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Items in brackets - <value> - are required values.
Items in square brackets - [<value>] - are optional.
MIRI Multi-Instrument, Multi-Field Imaging (MIMF) exposures are used to measure the PSF during wave-front sensing activities for commissioning of the JWST Optical Telescope Element (OTE). The MIRI MIMF observation will use a 5-points-of-light strategy to improve sampling of the PSF in multiple locations on the detector. Those points are described in Table 1 below. At each of these points, the entire Dither pattern selected below will be executed.
Table 1. 5 Points-of-Light for MIRI MIMF Observations
In addition to the following template parameters, this template will have the Special Requirement added with a default value of SENSING_ONLY, PCS MODE with a value of TRACK, and DMS PRIORITY with a value of HIGH .
Note for developers: This pattern will be implemented as a canned mosaic, and no further mosaic parameters should be allowed. APT should default to include a NO PARALLEL special requirement when the template is created, but the user should be allowed to remove it if necessary.
The MIRI MIMF Imaging template consists of the following parameters:
|assign observation number|
|Observation Label||provide observation label||text||optional|
|Observation Comments||provide observation comments||text||optional|
|select Target Name||choose from list||from Target List|
|specify special requirements||choose from list||if needed|
|Template Specific Information|
|select dither type||CYCLING, REULEAUX|
|Starting Point||specify starting point||number (1, 2...310, 311)||only if CYCLING is selected|
|specify number of dither positions||number||only if CYCLING is selected|
|Pattern Size||select pattern size||choose from list|
|select filter||F560W, F770W|
|Readout Pattern||select Readout Pattern||FAST, SLOW|
|Number of Groups/Integration||specify number of groups||number|
|Number of Integrations/Exposure||specify number of integrations||number|
Select the TARGET NAME [TBD] from the list of targets previously entered (see list of targets).
MIRI MIMF Imaging observations with JWST will require dithering. The following parameters define the dither patterns for MIRI MIMF Imaging observations. The dither pattern will be executed at each of the points-of-light defined above.
DITHER TYPE [PATTERN_TYPE] = CYCLING, REULEAUX
This parameter specifies the primary pattern to be used for dithering.
The CYCLING pattern is shown in Figure (link to INS), and can be used to obtain data optimized for self-calibration at arbitrary sky depths. The pattern consists of a list of 311 pointing positions where the x- and y-offset distributions (from the central position) are well-described by a Gaussian; the pattern is drawn from the Spitzer IRAC Cycling pattern. Observations may begin at any position in the cycling pattern and include an arbitrary number of dithers. Each contiguous block of four pointing positions provides some 0.5 pixel sub-sampling in both the x- and y-directions. However, to provide optimized sub-pixel sampling, this pattern should be used in conjunction with the sub-pixel sampling option.
If the CYCLING pattern has been selected the following inputs are also required (along with PATTERN SIZE).
STARTING POINT [STARTING_POINT] = 1, 2, 3, …, 310, 311
This parameter is used to determine the offset of the first dither position.
Number of Points
NUMBER OF POINTS [NUMBER_OF_POINTS] = 3, 4, 5, …
This parameter indicates the total number of dither positions in the pattern.
If the combination of STARTING POINT and NUMBER OF POINTS exceeds 311, the pattern cycles back to use points 1, 2, 3, etc.
No explicit maximum is set on the number of points. The number of points, however, is effectively limited by the maximum allowed visit duration.
The REULEAUX pattern is shown in Figure (link to INS), and is optimized to provide to obtain observations of compact point sources that are suitable for self-calibration. The pattern is a set of 12 dither positions that defines a Reuleaux triangle; the pattern is drawn from the Spitzer IRAC 12-point Reuleaux pattern. The Reuleaux pattern includes some 0.5 pixel sub-sampling in both the x- and y-directions. However, to provide optimized sub-pixel sampling, this pattern should be used in conjunction with the sub-pixel sampling option.
If the REULEAUX pattern has been selected, you must also select a PATTERN SIZE.
PATTERN SIZE [PATTERN_SIZE] = DEFAULT (default), SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE
This parameter specifies that all exposures are to be done with the same dithering pattern (SMALL, MEDIUM, or LARGE). When the pattern size is not specified by the user the DEFAULT pattern will be used based upon the choice of filter and pattern as indicated in Table 2.
Table 2. Default Dithering Pattern Sizes for MIRI MIMF Observations
Note for developers: see Appendix F1 (link) for dithering details.
FILTER [FILTER] = F560W, F770W
Select the name of one filter.
For each exposure to be executed, specify the READOUT PATTERN, NUMBER OF GROUPS/INTEGRATION, and NUMBER OF INTEGRATIONS/EXPOSURE.
READOUT PATTERN [READOUT PATTERN] = SLOW, FAST
This field specifies the readout pattern to be used to obtain the data.
Number of Groups/Integration
NUMBER OF GROUPS/INTEGRATION [NGROUPS] specifies the number of groups in an integration.
Number of Integrations
NUMBER OF INTEGRATIONS/EXPOSURE [NINTS] field specifies the number of times the integration is repeated.
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