Chapter 1. Introduction

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1.1. Acronyms

The data from the Herschel Space Observatory is provided as standard products. Standard products are generated systematically by the Herschel Science Centre through the Herschel Data Processing system, and are stored in the Herschel Science Archive to be accessed by the astronomical community and for legacy. In addition, the Herschel Interactive Processing Environment (HIPE) package, distributed by the Herschel Science Centre, allows you to reduce the data and generate scientific products through interactive analysis. Highly processed products are expected to be delivered by the observers to the Herschel Science Centre for their inclusion in the Herschel Science Archive. For a further description of the Herschel ground segment context for standard products, please refer to the Herschel Observers' Manual.

This document provides an overview and detailed descriptions of the Herschel standard products. These products encompass different levels of processing of the observational data, and cover also calibration, auxiliary and quality control data required in the processing. For this document purpose, the term observation and AOR are considered equivalent.

The document is organised as follows. Chapter 2 provides a high level overview of the data products. Chapter 3, Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 describe the HIFI, PACS and SPIRE products, respectively. Chapter 6 provides an overview of the Auxiliary, Catalogue, and Quality Control products. At the end of this manual, you can find Chapter 7 describing the Standalone Browse products. Chapter 1 and the following contain the detailed definition tables of the Herschel products.

1.1. Acronyms

AOR Astronomical Observation Request
DP Data Processing
HIFI Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared
HIPE Herschel Interactive Processing Environment
HRS High Resolution Spectrometer
HSA Herschel Science Archive
PACS Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer
RD Reference Document
SPIRE Spectral and Photometric Image REceiver
TAI Temps Atomique International
TBD To Be Defined
WBS Wide Band Spectrometer
WCS World Coordinate System