qicpol, ALFOSC/FAPOL circular polarimetry, quick-look tool
The quick-look tool displays an image, then one needs to mark
the target e- and o-beams and the programme calculates the
V/I and the statistical error in percentage.
Using the qicpol-tool
- on a sequencer-window type:
e.g. qicpol ALqb280078.fits
or if you want to check data from previous night
e.g. qicpol ALqb270076.fits
NOTE the image must be the "90.0-degree image"
- mark the e- and o-beam on the ds9 display,
pressing any key followed by CTRL-D
- check the polarization and the images
Detailed description of the programme
References for data reductions e.g.:
- reads the file name from the command line and searches for this and three
previous images from the /data/alfosc/ directory.
- Check that the four frames have the same TCSTGT-keyword value, that
there are no bias frames,
and the retarder plate has positions 0 and 90.0 degrees.
If any of these is not fulfilled the task will exit.
- Launch ds9 image display with the first image
- the user is asked to mark the e- and o-image of the target interactively on the ds9.
- the fluxes of the images are measured using IRAF/APPHOT with
fixed aperture radiuses of 5,8,11,16,26 and 37 pixels . The background
annulus is 10 pixels wide starting from 38 pixels from the centre
of the object.
- Using the APPHOT flux values the f_0, f_90 are
calculated by f_0=(f_0_o - f_0_e)/(f_0_o + f_0_e) etc. for all apertures.
- the V/I is obtained from
V/I=0.5*(f_0 -f_90) * 100 %
- The errors are estimated by the photon shot noise assuming that all the
images have the same errors, P_err=100*0.5/sqrt(0.327*flux[in ADU]) %
Bagnulo S., et al A&A 450, 777 (2006)
"Searching for links between magnetic fields and stellar evolution.
I. A survey of magnetic fields in open cluster A- and B-type stars with FORS1"
E. Landi Degl'Innocenti et al
ASPC, vol 364, p495 (2007)
in "The future of photometric, spectrophotometric
and polarimetric standardization" ed. C.Sterken ASPC, vol 364, p495 (2007)
Known short comings
- The polarization is measured from the raw data, i.e. no overscan/bias
subtraction or flat fielding before photometry
- Only one set of data, the programme can't handle multiple exposures
of the target
- The calculations are carried out for lambda/4 angles:
0 and 90.0 degrees. If one of the angles is missing
the task aborts.