Reference File

The RSCD correction step uses an RSCD reference file. This correction only applied to integration > 1. The correction to be added to the input data has the form:

corrected data = input data data + dn_accumulated * scale * exp(-T / tau)

where, dn_accumulated is the DN level that was accumulated for the pixel from the previous integration.

CRDS Selection Criteria

RSCD reference files are selected on the basis of INSTRUME and DETECTOR values for the input science data set. The referene file for each detector is a table of values based on READPATT (FAST, SLOW) , SUBARRAY (FULL or one the various subarray types) , and ROWS type (even or odd row). The correction values, tau and scale, are read in separately for even and odd rows for the readout pattern and if it is for the full array or one of the imager subarrays. The table actually contains the parameters for a double-exponential function, but currently only the single exponential values are used.

RSCD Reference File Format

The RSCD reference files are FITS files with a BINTABLE extension. The FITS primary data array is assumed to be empty.

The BINTABLE extension contains the row-selection criterea (SUBARRAY, READPATT, and ROW type) and the parameters for a double-exponential correction function. It uses EXTNAME=RSCD and contains seven columns:

  • SUBARRAY: string, FULL or a subarray name
  • READPATT: string, SLOW or FAST
  • ROWS: string, EVEN or ODD
  • TAU1: float, e-folding time scale for the first exponential (unit is frames)
  • SCALE1: float, scale factor for the first exponential
  • TAU2: float, e-folding time scale for the second exponential (frames)
  • SCALE2: float, scale factor for the second exponential