CASU WFCAM/VISTA VDFS Home Page
This is the CASU homepage summarizing the work we do on the Wide
Field Camera (WFCAM)
instrument on the UK Infrared
WFCAM is a forerunner for the Visible & Infrared Survey Telescope
for Astronomy (VISTA) which has
been built at Cerro Paranal Observatory in Chile and will be operational
from 2009 onwards. WFCAM, notwithstanding its own highly significant
science programme and data handling issues, can be thought of as a
trialling system for an integrated VISTA data flow system (VDFS).
The UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey
(UKIDSS) are the main users of
WFCAM and CASU members are part of the science consortium
involved in the planning of this survey. CASU also process all other
campaign and PI data taken with WFCAM.
The Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (CASU) is
responsible for the design and implementation of the data processing
aspects of WFCAM and VISTA observations. Data is
pipeline processed at the summits to generate real-time data quality
control parameters and then shipped to Cambridge (via Garching in the
case of VISTA) for full science data processing.
After processing, the WFCAM and VISTA data are
transferred to Edinburgh where the Wide Field Astronomy Unit
are responsible for the design and implementation of the science
archive aspects of the observations.
To help keep tabs on progress we have set up a diary
web page outlining recent results and activities. This (arbitrarily) starts
from the WFCAM Critical software Design Review held in October 2002.
For the most up-to-date information on the pipeline and these projects see our
on the Plone site.
If you wish to contact us concerning CASU software please email