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IFU masks

VIMOS has four IFU masks that are numbered as the VIMOS quadrants to which they correspond (i.e. counterclockwise, with the same convention used by the cartesian plane). Each mask hosts 4 IFU pseudo slits . They are numbered from 1 to 4 as shown in this figure:

IFU masks IFU masks and pseudo slits. Pseudo slit 1 is more separated than the others, it is at the bottom in mask 1 and 2, and on the top in mask 3 and 4. Each pseudo slit hosts 400 fibres, divided into 5 blocks of 80 fibres each. Each pseudo slit produces a sequence of 400 spectra that are counted successively from left to right.

Each pseudo slit corresponds to a specific 20x20 region on the IFU head as shown in this figure:

IFU head IFU head and pseudo-slits position. The position of all the pseudo slits on the IFU head is shown here. The position of each individual fibre is listed in the IFU tables (see below). The dimension of the IFU head is 80x80 and each pseudo-slit covers a 20x20 portion. For high and medium resolution observations, only the four central pseudo slits (pseudo slit number 2) are used, resulting in a single sequence of 400 spectra per quadrant. For low resolution, all 16 pseudo slits are used, resulting in 4 sequences, each of 400 spectra (i.e. a multiplexing factor of 4)

Note on fibre visibility

The theoretical number of 400 fibre spectra per pseudo slit is not reached. Two fibres in the middle of each block of 80 fibres are typically missing because they are vignetted by the IFU head shutter. There is also vignetting present at one border of each CCD. The actual number of lost fibres cannot be predicted since the positions of the fibres on the raw images vary within 2 to 5 pixels. Depending on the quadrant, 20 to 40 fibres are typically lost on each pseudo slit.

IFU tables

The IFU pipeline recipes (vmifucalib, vmifustandard, and vmifuscience) work with one quadrant at the time and, in addition to other products, they produce images with extracted fibre spectra.

Correspondence between fibre position in raw and extracted images: Raw spectra starting from the left side of each pseudo slits are extracted and stored successively in the product image starting from the bottom first row. In low resolution, where each quadrant frame contains 4 pseudo slits, the product images have 1600 rows with the 400 spectra from pseudo-slit1 at the bottom and the 400 spectra from pseudo-slit 4 at the top. In high and medium resolution, where each quadrant frame contains the spectra from one pseudo slit only, the product images have 400 rows. Redder wavelengths are towards the top in the raw images and towards the right in the product images.

Correspondence between each row (i.e. each spectrum) of the extracted spectra with the fibre positions on the IFU head: This is described in the IFU tables:

column name description
ROW row number of the extracted spectra image, counted from the bottom frame starting from 1.
L X coordinate on the IFU head, counted from left, ranging from 1 to 80
M Y coordinate on the IFU head, counted from bottom, ranging from 1 to 80

There is one set of 4 IFU tables (one per-quadrant) for high and medium resolution and one set of 4 IFU tables for low resolution. The IFU tables can be downloaded here:


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