The QC group processes a stream of
science-grade data products for selected VLT instruments. They are created using certified pipelines and certified master calibrations.
Currently these are 1D spectral data products for UVES-ECHELLE, XSHOOTER-SLIT, and GIRAFFE-MEDUSA (MOS modes), as well as IFU datacubes for MUSE and MUSE-DEEP, and HAWKI-IMG data.
Find an overview of the current streams here. (The certification process does not apply for HARPS, FEROS and PIONIER data streams which are currently served through a different, completely automatic process.)
For XSHOOTER ECHELLE,Slit mode (not: IFU), more than 30,000
science-grade flux-calibrated 1D data products are available covering
the entire data history. They are available on the phase3
The XSHOOTER pipeline is designed to reduce raw science data. On Paranal,
the quick-look pipeline makes an attempt to automatically reduce all
science data. The reduction is performed using standard calibration
solutions from a local calibration database.
At QC Garching, all science data taken in Service Mode are
pipeline-reduced, using the best available calibration solutions,
quality-checked and closest in time, following the reduction
cascade. The products of science reduction are also quality-checked. If
any irregularity in the reduced data is found, an attempt is made to
improve on this. If not possible, information about the poor quality is
made available in the SM package. Please note that ESO is not assuming
any responsibility in respect to the usefulness of the reduced data. The
adopted reduction strategy may not be suitable for the scientific purpose
of the observations.