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Volume 503, Number 2, August IV 2009
Page(s) 625 - 630
Section Astronomical instrumentation
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/200911724
Published online 22 June 2009
A&A 503, 625-630 (2009)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/200911724

SPS: a software simulator for the Herschel-SPIRE photometer

B. Sibthorpe1, P. Chanial2, and M. J. Griffin3

1  UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, UK
    e-mail: sib@roe.ac.uk
2  Astrophysics Group, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2AZ, UK
    e-mail: p.chanial@imperial.ac.uk
3  Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Queens Buildings, The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AA, UK
    e-mail: matt.griffin@astro.cf.ac.uk

Received 26 January 2009 / Accepted 10 June 2009

Aims. Instrument simulators are becoming ever more useful for planning and analysing large astronomy survey data. In this paper we present a simulator for the Herschel-SPIRE photometer. We describe the models it uses and the form of the input and output data.
Methods. The SPIRE photometer simulator is a software package which uses theoretical models, along with flight model test data, to perform numerical simulations of the output time-lines from the instrument in operation on board the Herschel space observatory.
Results. A description of the types of uses of the simulator are given, along with information on its past uses. These include example simulations performed in preparation for a high redshift galaxy survey, and a debris disc survey. These are presented as a demonstration of the sort of outputs the simulator is capable of producing.

Key words: methods: numerical -- instrumentation: photometers -- space vehicles: instruments

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