PACS instrument and calibration web pages

Observing with PACS

PACS data processing

  • HIPE 6.0 build 2055 comes with the latest calibration tree, that will be downloaded automatically after starting HIPE on your local directory, and can also be found on here.

  • The corresponding PACS Data Reduction Guide (PDRG) is PDRG version 6.

  • Data reduction scripts are now available in HIPE under the menu: Pipeline --> PACS --> Photometer/Spectrometer

PACS calibration

Photometer calibration in scan maps.

  • Point Spread Function: PACS Photometer Point Spread function (5.5 M), version 1.01, 3 November 2010. A detailed document of the in-flight observed PSF. The accompanying tarball can be found here (31 Mb).
  • Herschel/PACS modelled point spread functions (3.1 Mb) is a related document presenting Zemax modelled point spread functions for both an `ideal' and an 'as built' Herschel telescope model. Tarballs with corresponding broad-band and monochromatic PSFs for these two cases are at Since the models do not capture all effects found in the observed PSFs, they are useful only in addition to the observed PSFs but cannot replace them.

  • Point-source photometry: PACS uses 5 stars as primary calibrators with fluxes ranging from 0.6 to 15 Jy, plus other fainter stars and asteroids as secondary calibrators. A new responsivity calibration (version) will be deployed on the HCSS 7 track consistent with PICC-ME-TN-033 v1.01 and its associated encircled energy fraction (EEF). It improves the accuracy of photometry to 3% in the blue channel and 5% in the red channel. The new calibration is described in detail in the technical note"PACS photometer point-source flux calibration (3.1 Mb) (PICC-ME-TN-037), version 1.0, 12 April 2011.

  • Point-source observations:

PACS spectrometer AOTs

The PACS Spectrometer AOT design and observer's access to instrument observing modes is described in Chapter 6 of the PACS Observer's Manual. Guidelines to find the suitable observing mode and the optimization process of the overall observing strategy for various science cases are explained there. Dedicated documents are also available for each AOTs and their sub-modes in AOT Release Notes:

PACS high-sampling chop/nod mode for Line Spectroscopy and Range Spectroscopy AOTs

PACS SED and large range scan mode in Range Spectroscopy AOT

PACS unchopped grating scan mode for Line Spectroscopy and Range Spectroscopy AOTs - 2nd generation observing mode

PACS wavelength switching mode for Line Spectroscopy AOT - decommissioned 1st generation observing mode

PACS spectrometer calibration

  • PACS Spectrometer performance and calibration: This document provides details on the calibration accuracy and the necessary information to optimally interpret PACS spectroscopy observations. New issues of this document will be released with new versions of the pipeline and new versions of the calibration files in the Herschel interactive data analysis system.

  • Data processing known issues of standard products: Browse quality Level 2 products are provided in the Herschel Science Archive. This page describes typical problems and caveats the observer needs to be familiar when looking at these preview products. The document refers to the version of data processing pipeline currently being used for processing of incoming Herschel data (version number provided therein).

-- BrunoAltieri - 12 April 2011

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PDFpdf PACS_WaveSwitching_ReleaseNote_20Jan2010.pdf r1 manage 417.5 K 2010-11-05 - 16:54 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf PACS_SpectroscopyPerformanceCalibration_11Mar2010.pdf r1 manage 429.3 K 2010-11-05 - 16:58 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf PACS_ScanMap_ReleaseNote_23Feb2010.pdf r1 manage 641.2 K 2010-11-05 - 16:29 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf PACS_ChoppedLineRange_ReleaseNote_19Jan2010.pdf r1 manage 826.4 K 2010-11-05 - 16:51 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf PACS_SEDRange_ReleaseNote_10Mar2010.pdf r1 manage 899.5 K 2010-11-05 - 16:55 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf PICC-NHSC-TN-029.pdf r1 manage 975.7 K 2011-04-12 - 18:30 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf PACS_Unchopped_ReleaseNote_20Sep2010.pdf r1 manage 1270.2 K 2010-11-05 - 16:56 BrunoAltieri  
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PDFpdf PhotMiniScan_ReleaseNote_20101104.pdf r1 manage 1987.2 K 2010-11-05 - 16:29 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf PhotMiniScan_ReleaseNote_20101112.pdf r1 manage 1988.8 K 2010-11-15 - 10:53 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf cc_report_v1.pdf r1 manage 2578.7 K 2011-04-12 - 18:30 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf pacs_bolo_fluxcal_report_v1.pdf r1 manage 3122.3 K 2011-04-12 - 19:40 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf PACSPSF_PICC-ME-TN-029_v2.0.pdf r1 manage 3171.5 K 2010-11-05 - 16:28 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf ExtSrcPhotom.pdf r1 manage 3303.5 K 2011-04-12 - 18:26 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf pacs_drg.pdf r1 manage 3818.2 K 2011-02-14 - 14:58 BrunoAltieri PACS Data Reduction Guide, version 6
PDFpdf SimulPSP_v1.0.pdf r1 manage 5323.7 K 2010-11-15 - 11:16 BrunoAltieri  
PDFpdf bolopsfv1.01.pdf r1 manage 5658.9 K 2010-11-05 - 16:27 BrunoAltieri  

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