Release Notes


Released August 14 2014

  • Astropy compatibility updated to 0.4.
    • Configuration system reworked to accomodate the astropy.configuration transition.
    • Package infrastructure updated to most recent astropy package-template.
  • Several OpticalElements got renamed, for instance IdealCircularOcculter became just CircularOcculter. (All the optics in poppy are fairly idealized and it seemed inconsistent to signpost that for only some of them. The explicit ‘Ideal’ nametag is kept only for the FQPM to emphasize that one in particular uses a very simplified prescription and neglects refractive index variation vs wavelength.)

  • Substantially improved unit test system.

  • Some new utility functions added in poppy.misc for calculating analytic PSFs such as Airy functions for comparison (and use in the test system).

  • Internal code reorganization, mostly which should not affect end users directly.

  • Packaging improvements and installation process streamlining, courtesy of Christine Slocum and Erik Bray

  • Documentation improvements, in particular adding an IPython notebook tutorial.


Released April 7, 2014

  • Dependencies updated to use astropy.

  • Added documentation and examples for POPPY, separate from the WebbPSF documentation.

  • Improved configuration settings system, using astropy.config framework.

    • The astropy.config framework itself is in flux from astropy 0.3 to 0.4; some of the related functionality in poppy may need to change in the future.
  • Added support for rectangular subarray calculations. You can invoke these by setting fov_pixels or fov_arcsec with a 2-element iterable:

    >> nc = webbpsf.NIRCam()
    >> nc.calcPSF('F212N', fov_arcsec=[3,6])
    >> nc.calcPSF('F187N', fov_pixels=(300,100) )

    Those two elements give the desired field size as (Y,X) following the usual Python axis order convention.

  • Added support for pyFFTW in addition to PyFFTW3.

  • pyFFTW will auto save wisdom to disk for more rapid execution on subsequent invocations

  • InverseTransmission of an AnalyticElement is now allowed inside a CompoundAnalyticOptic

  • Added SecondaryObscuration optic to conveniently model an opaque secondary mirror and adjustible support spiders.

  • Added RectangleAperture. Added rotation keywords for RectangleAperture and SquareAperture.

  • Added AnalyticOpticalElement.sample() function to sample analytic functions onto a user defined grid. Refactored the display() and toFITS() functions. Improved functionality of display for CompoundAnalyticOptics.


  • First release as a standalone package (previously was integrated as part of webbpsf). See the release notes for WebbPSF for prior verions.
  • switched package building to use setuptools instead of distutils/stsci_distutils_hack
  • new Instrument class in poppy provides much of the functionality previously in JWInstrument, to make it easier to model generic non-JWST instruments using this code.


Marshall Perrin, Anand Sivaramakrishnan, Erik Bray, Christine Slocum, Mark Sienkiewicz, Ewan Douglas