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WFPC2 Instrument Science Report 94-01:

Large Angle Scattering in WFPC2 and Horizontal "Smearing" Correction

by John Krist and Chris Burrows

Abstract excerpted from the report:

The horizontal "smearing" seen in highly saturated images can be reasonably corrected using an exponential function which decays over a few rows after a saturated pixel is encountered. The effect itself temporarily saturates after about 10 saturated pixels (subsequent saturated pixels have no effect). The effect is about 2X worse in the 7e- gain channel than the 14e- gain channel. The correction only works on very highly saturated stellar images.

The large angle (>3") scattering in WFPC2 is significantly greater than that measured in WF/PC-1. At 20" from a star, it is an order of magnitude greater than WF/PC-1. The additional scatter is due to WFPC2, no the OTA, and includes high frequency structure which is position and wavelength dependent.

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