The inner 1014×1014
pixels of the IR detector are exposed to incoming light. There are no gaps in the field (such as the gap between the two CCDs in the UVIS channel), or mechanical occultations (such as the coronagraphic spots in NICMOS camera 2).
The IR focal plane is tilted by ~22°
with respect to the incoming beam. Thus the field of view as projected onto the sky is rectangular, with an aspect ratio of ~0.90. The pixels projected onto the sky are also rectangular, covering approximately 0.135×
0.121 arcsec, with the shape varying slightly across the field. The field of view on the sky is 136×
123 arcsec, or 4.65 arcmin2
Distortion must be taken into account when exposures are flat-fielded, photometrically calibrated, used for astrometric measurements, or combined with other dithered exposures. The AstroDrizzle
software appropriately carries out those operations; a combination of software packages in DrizzlePac
can be used to optimize the combination of dithered exposures. (See the DrizzlePac
illustrates the fiducial points of the full-detector apertures (IR and IR-FIX), and the outlines of the concentric subarray apertures (512x512, 256x256, 128x128, and 64x64). The regions imaged by the UVIS detector (represented by blue fill) and by the IR detector (represented by red fill) are also indicated. The POSition TARGet coordinate system for the IR-FIX aperture, with its origin at that aperture's fiducial point, is illustrated. Although the POSition TARGet coordinate systems for the other apertures are not illustrated, they are oriented the same, but have origins at each aperture's fiducial point (Section 7.4.5
). (U2 = –V2 and U3 = –V3).
The image-based coordinate system,
(Axis1, Axis2) in Figure 7.1
, is a generic system used when an image is displayed on a computer screen. Coordinates are expressed in pixel units. This system is used primarily by the generic conversion pipeline software, which creates science FITS files from the data telemetry coming from the telescope.
The POS TARG reference frame
, (Xpos, Ypos), is orthogonal on the sky, in units of arcseconds. It can be used to specify target placement at an offset location within the field of view, or for dithering or mosaicking purposes. In the IR channel, the POS TARG reference frame is designed to be virtually co-linear with the Axis reference frame, and it has its center located at the reference point (sometimes called the fiducial point) of the chosen IR aperture. The transformation between the undistorted POS TARG (arcsec) frame and Axis frame (pixels) contains non-linear distortion coefficients. For the IR detector, the POS TARG axes are almost exactly parallel to the detector edges. Note, however, that the IR POS TARG X,Y axes are not parallel to the UVIS POS TARG X,Y axes; the former are rotated a few degrees counterclockwise with respect to the latter.
, or vehicle (V2, V3), system is an orthogonal reference frame tied to the telescope and is used operationally for alignment, pointing, and slewing purposes. The V1 axis lies along the optical axis while V2,V3 run parallel and perpendicular, respectively, to the solar-array rotation axis (see Figure 2.2
). Note that the edges of the IR detector are rotated by approximately 45° with respect to the V2, V3 axes. Because WFC3 is on-axis, the origin of the V2,V3 system lies near the center of the WFC3 field of view. However, the V2,V3 (and U2, U3) coordinate axes have been shifted for clarity in Figure 7.1
observers may be more familiar with the U2,U3 coordinate system than V2,V3; for example, the specification of the ORIENT angle Special Requirement in APT uses the position angle of the U3 axis. The U2,U3 coordinates are defined as U2 = –V2 and U3 = –V3, and are marked in Figure 7.1
. Observations of an astrometric field are made to locate the detector in the (V2, V3) system (WFC3 ISR 2009-36
All of the IR subarrays are centered on the detector field of view. Target placement on the subarray depends on the aperture selected (Section 7.4.5
.). Four subarray sizes are supported, with pixel dimensions of 512×
128, and 64×
64. Note that the sizes of the subarrays refer to the actual active pixels, i.e., they do not include the reference pixels. (Of the 1024×
1024 pixels of the WFC3 IR detector, only the inner 1014×
1014 pixels are light-sensitive. The 5 rows and columns of pixels around the edge of the array use fixed capacitances to provide constant-voltage reference values.) The reference pixels, however, are still included in the output images, resulting in final datasets of 522×
138, and 74×
74 pixels. For subarray images, the reference pixels come from the same rows and columns of the subarray, with the 5×
5 pixels at the subarray corners filled with the reference pixels at the corresponding corner of the detector (see Section 5.5
for details on reference pixels).
parameter in the Phase II observing proposal defines two quantities: the active region
of the detector to be read out (full frame or subarray), as well as the positioning of the target within the region (reference point
). The default is to center the target at the reference point (also called the fiducial point), but a POS TARG
Special Requirement may be added to offset the target from this position.
The available IR apertures are listed in Table 7.1
. As with other HST
instruments, there are two kinds of apertures with regard to their target reference point: “fixed
” and “optimum
.” Apertures with their reference point at the geometric center of the array (or subarray) have “-FIX” appended of their name. These reference positions will never be adjusted during the HST
mission. Apertures with their reference point at an “optimum” location (determined on the basis of best image quality, or detector cosmetics) have unadorned names. The reference point of these aperture may be optimized from time to time by STScI as circumstances warrant. At present, those reference points are offset from the boundaries of the amplifier quadrants.