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HST Cycle 25 Phase II Proposal Instructions > Chapter 12: Cosmic OriginsSpectrograph (COS) > 12.12 Mode = ACCUMConfig = COS/NUV

12.12
In ACCUM Mode, the detector coordinates of each photon event are used to reference a 16-bit word in a memory array, which is incremented, as each event occurs. An ACCUM mode image in the COS/NUV configuration is 1024 x 1024 pixels. The COS data buffer can hold 9 such images. ACCUM should be used only when absolutely necessary, such as for high count-rate targets. TIME-TAG is the recommended data-taking mode unless the target’s brightness leads to a total count rate in excess of that possible with this mode.
12.12.1 Aperture or FOV
The following apertures are allowed:
PSA Primary Science Aperture
BOA Bright Object Aperture
12.12.2 Spectral Element
Enter a spectral element from Table 12.5 for the COS/NUV configuration.
12.12.3 Wavelength
Enter the value of the central wavelength in Angstroms. Table 12.5 gives the allowed values of the central wavelength for each grating.
Note: No wavelength should be specified if MIRRORA or MIRRORB is the spectral element.
12.12.4 Optional Parameters
EXTENDED
= NO (default), YES
Indicated whether the target is an extended source. This parameter is still in APT, but has been functionally replaced by the EXTENDED target parameter. Selecting this parameter will only trigger a warning message asking you to set the TARGET description parameter instead. This exposure-level parameter should not be selected for any Cycle 23 proposals and beyond. Please see the description in Section 3.1.4.
FP-POS
= ALL, 1, 2, 3 (pre-Cycle 19 default), 4
This optional parameter is required for external and WAVE targets. It specifies whether to take the exposure at a single offset, at multiple offsets, or at no offset from the nominal central wavelength. Obtaining exposures at small wavelength offsets from the specified central wavelength aids in the correction of the fixed-pattern defects of the detector. For the best data quality, we strongly recommend using all four FP-POS positions (value ALL).
FP-POS=ALL indicates that the specified exposure time will be the exposure time for each FP-POS position.
The values FP-POS=1, 2 or 4 will result in the exposure being taken at an offset from the specified central wavelength. FP-POS=3 will result in the exposure being obtained at the nominal central wavelength (i.e., at a zero offset). The exposure will be for the specified exposure duration. See the COS Instrument Handbook for specifics of the offsets and for guidance on how to use this capability.
Note: FP-POS is not allowed to be specified when the spectral element is MIRRORA or MIRRORB.
12.12.5 Number of Iterations
Enter the number of times this exposure logsheet line should be iterated, and the exposure time (Time_Per_Exposure) per iteration.
12.12.6 Time Per Exposure
Time_Per_Exposure must be an integral multiple of 0.1 seconds (if it is not, its value will be rounded down to the next lower integral multiple of 0.1 sec, or set to 0.1 seconds if a smaller value is specified), and may range from 0.1 to 6500 seconds. Values much larger than 3000 seconds are normally appropriate only for visits with the CVZ special requirement.

HST Cycle 25 Phase II Proposal Instructions > Chapter 12: Cosmic OriginsSpectrograph (COS) > 12.12 Mode = ACCUMConfig = COS/NUV

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