The RoboPol pipeline and control system

O. G. King*, D. Blinov, A. N. Ramaprakash, I. Myserlis, E. Angelakis, M. Baloković, R. Feiler, L. Fuhrmann, T. Hovatta, P. Khodade, A. Kougentakis, N. Kylafis, A. Kus, D. Modi, E. Paleologou, G. Panopoulou, I. Papadakis, I. Papamastorakis, G. Paterakis, V. PavlidouB. Pazderska, E. Pazderski, T. J. Pearson, C. Rajarshi, A. C S Readhead, P. Reig, A. Steiakaki, K. Tassis, J. A. Zensus

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Abstract

We describe the data reduction pipeline and control system for the RoboPol project. The RoboPol project is monitoring the optical R-band magnitude and linear polarization of a large sample of active galactic nuclei that is dominated by blazars. The pipeline calibrates and reduces each exposure frame, producing a measurement of the magnitude and linear polarization of every source in the 13 arcmin × 13 arcmin field of view. The control system combines a dynamic scheduler, real-time data reduction, and telescope automation to allow high-efficiency unassisted observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1706-1717
Number of pages12
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume442
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: jets
  • Galaxies: nuclei
  • Instrumentation: polarimeters
  • Polarization
  • Techniques: polarimetric

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