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Cosmic Origins SpectrographInstrument Handbookfor Cycle 22 > Chapter 1: An Introduction to COS > 1.5 Purpose of this Handbook

1.5
The COS Instrument Handbook describes the design, performance, operation, and calibration of COS. It is meant to be the principal reference manual for users of the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph. This handbook is written and maintained at STScI. While it presents the best available information about COS at the time of the most recent update, tabulated parameters are likely to evolve as we learn more about its on-orbit performance.
The handbook is designed for readers who are
This handbook is not meant to be the primary reference for COS data reduction or analysis. That information is provided in the COS Data Handbook. For quick reference, information on COS data products is provided in Chapter 11.
1.5.1 Document Conventions
This document follows the usual STScI conventions:
Terms, words, or phrases that are to be entered by the user in a literal way in an HST proposal are shown in a typewriter or Courier font, such as “COS/FUV” or “TIME-TAG”.
Wavelengths in this handbook, and in COS data products, are always as measured in vacuum and are quoted in ångströms (Å).

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