Mimir - Software and Downloads

Mimir data reduction and analysis tools:

Current Available and Supported:

1. Mimir Software Package - Basic Data Processor (MSP-BDP) - a GUI-based IDL "project" that will allow performing all the raw data intake, quality testing, bookkeeping, dark/flat/linearity corrections needed to generate "science ready" images.

2. Mimir Software Package - Wavelength Calibration Tool (MSP-WCT) - a GUI-based IDL "project" that will aid the user in performing wavelength calibration of Mimir spectral images, using either OH night sky lines or images taken of the Argon line lamp. Will produce linearly dispersed, slit-shape corrected spectral images suitable for spectrum extraction.

3. Mimir Software Package - Zero Hop Tester (MSP-ZHT) - a GUI-based IDL project for testing Mimir polarization images for the presence of problems with HWP rotation ('zero hops' refer to problems in setting the HWP to zero phase). May be run on raw (CDS) images or images at any stage of processing. Also works on flat-field images.

4. Mimir Software Package - Photo-Polarimetry Analysis Tool (MSP-PPOL) - a GUI-based IDL "project" to perform astrometry, scaling, coadding, calibration, PSF-assisted crowded field aperture photometry, and polarimetric analysis of GPIPS-like polarimetry data from Mimir. Produces image tiles, PHOTCAT deep photometry (tied to 2MASS H-band magnitudes), and POLCAT polarizations for stars.

Note: Users must also fetch the "Astrolib_MSP" and "MSP_Library" zip files - the first is an older 'frozen' version of astrolib that was used when developing the Mimir Software Packages. (newer astrolibs will not work)

Available as Alpha/Beta Releases (for black-belts, only):

5. Mimir Software Package - Clean and Coadd Spectra (MSP-CCS) - designed to take A-B dithered spectral images from the WCT and optimally stack, filter, and sum them. Produces the best S/N from Mimir spectra. Output goes to the spectral extractor (SXC). No GUI as of yet.

6. Mimir Software Package - Spectral Extractor and Converter (MSP-SXC) - extracts stellar or extended spectra from spectral images. Package also supports conversion from SpeX-type FITS files to ASCII, baseline removal from spectra, parsing into photometric bands, and plotting with line ID overlays for a variety of stellar types and emission line objects. No GUI as of yet.

Internal Group-Level Tools:

7. Mimir Software Package - Data Release Manager (MSP-DRM) - early version of package to manage moving PPOL-processed GPIPS fields to the data-release 'candidates' disk file system. Not needed by general Mimir or GPIPS users.

8. Mimir Software Package - Mosaicking and Overlay Tool (MSP-MOT) - a GUI-based IDL "project" to stitch together GPIPS images and POLCATS into larger mosaicked images with polarization vector overlays (saves as FITS and/or TIFF files). [Early version in alpha-level testing]

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

To fetch the S/W tools:

Astrolib_MSP - 20140325 - the frozen version of astrolib needed by the packages below

MSP_Library - 20140325 - local library of routines shared by the packages

Mimir Software Package - Basic Data Processor (MSP-BDP), v3.4.1 - 20140312 (supports COADDS image types)

MSP-BDP v3.4.2 - 20140320 - Beta Test Version

Mimir Software Package - Wavelength Calibration Tool (MSP-WCT), v2.3.0 - 20140312- Also does H17, IZ17, IZYJ-1st, IZYJ-2nd, K17-Spec, HK-Spec, and "Fat-Eared" slit, also (as a zip file), updated for new Argon line list

Mimir Software Package - Zero Hop Tester (MSP-ZHT), v1.0.6 - 20100209 (as a zip file)

Mimir Software Package - Clean and Coadd Spectra (MSP-CCS), v1.6.0 - 20140312 - Basic GUI, not yet a real package, but the programs run and produce excellent spectral images (as a zip file). Works for both stellar spectra and extended object spectra.

Mimir Software Package - Spectral Extractor and Converter (MSP-SXC), v0.0.2 - 20140312 - No GUI yet.

Mimir Software Package - Photo-Polarimetry Analysis Tool (MSP-PPOL), v8.2.1 - 20140312 - containes new H-band and K-band polarimetry calibration files, used for final GPIPS calibration and final data release.

MSP-PPOL v8.2.3 - 20140324 - Beta Test Version (extended polarimetry fixes)

Mimir Software Package - Data Release Manager (MSP-DRM), v1.0.1 - 20110905

To run any package within IDL (under IDL6.X):

    1. unpack the zip file
    2. open the IDL Development Editor (IDLDE) - be sure the "project window" is open
    3. click File->Open Project and change directories to find and open the file "MSP_WCT.prj" or "MSP_BDP.prj"
    4. click the Project->Compile->All Files button
    5. repeat step 4 once
    6. click the Project->Run button

For IDL8 users - the packages still run, but will take a bit of work to import, build, and run - see the following instructions:

MSP for IDL8 (20140312) - updated instructions for setting up IDL8 to run the Mimir Software Packages

At present, no packages have documentation or adequate help files. On the other hand, they have been written so that the processing steps, once completed, direct you to the next step.

When in doubt, drop us a line or call. Better yet, come spend some time with us in Boston!