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WFPC2 ISR Abstract

Instrument Science Report 2009-06:

On-Orbit Photometric Calibration of the WFPC2 Linear Ramp Filters

J. Biretta, P.L. Lim, M. McMaster, and S. Gonzaga

December 17, 2009


As part of the WFPC2 close-out calibrations, we have revised the SYNPHOT throughput curves for the linear ramp filters using on-orbit photometry of a standard white dwarf, EGGR-102 (GRW +70 5824). Comparison of the new on-orbit data and previous groundbased calibrations show differences up to ~20%. The accuracy of the new throughput table is expected to be ~2% at most wavelengths, though as noted herein, some wavelengths with limited or no on-orbit data will have poorer accuracy. The new ramp filter throughput file has been delivered to CDBS and will be used in reprocessing the WFPC2 archive.

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