New STIS Posters from the 2019 Winter AAS
At the 2019 Winter American Astronomical Society Meeting, the STIS team presented several new posters to aid the user community in understanding the capabilities of the instrument. These posters are useful reference materials for anyone interested in submitting a proposal to observe with STIS, and therefore this article serves to provide them to the scientific community.
STIS Available Modes Poster
STIS is an incredibly flexible instrument due to the large variety of available (supported and unsupported) observing modes. With this flexibility comes the challenge in that it can be difficult for users to pinpoint which modes best serve their needs. In an effort to summarize all STIS modes, the STIS team presented a poster that contains all of the available and supported observing modes, provides their specifications, and highlights example scientific use cases.
Click here for the STIS Available Modes Poster.
Unique Visible Light Coronagraphy with STIS
STIS is home to the only currently operating coronagraph in space not trained on the Sun. With the potential for future space-based coronagraphs, and the progressing state of ground-based coronagraphy spurred on by extreme adaptive optics, the STIS team has created a poster that evaluates the high contrast capabilities of the STIS coronagraphic aperture 50CORON.
Click here for the STIS Coronagraphy Poster.
Spatial Scans with the STIS CCD
Spatial scanning with the STIS CCD is a recently enabled, available-but-unsupported observing mode. As advertised in several recent STANs, spatial scanning allows the observer to obtain high-S/N ratio spectra of relatively bright targets by trailing the target in the cross-dispersion direction within one of the long STIS apertures. The STIS team has created a poster that details its methodology and applications.
For more information, click here.
The State of Software Tools for STIS
STIS was installed in 1997, and through continued development, the ecosystem of software support for STIS calibration and data analysis looks much different today compared to when STIS was first installed. Recently, this has been made even more apparent through the transition away from the venerable IRAF/PyRAF to a pure Python software suite. In light of this, the STIS team created an iPoster for the past AAS that summarizes the current suite of software tools available to STIS users for data analysis and calibration. This poster also details the status of the IRAF/PyRAF to Python transition and lays out the next steps the STIS team will take to improve the STIS software ecosystem.
Click here to find the STIS software tools iPoster.