sci24030 — Announcement

GMOS Tutorial on Correcting Flexure-Induced Wavelength Shifts via Sky Lines

May 9, 2024

Flexure effects within GMOS can result in wavelength zeropoint shifts if the on-sky science data are wavelength-calibrated using daytime CuAr arc exposures. At this time (2024A), all GMOS baseline arcs are taken during daytime, except for a number of short-wavelength configurations that do not cover any sky lines. 

If an accurate wavelength zeropoint is critical, it is recommended to inspect sky emission lines in the wavelength-calibrated science data to detect possible zeropoint shifts and apply a correction as needed. A new tutorial page — including a customized DRAGONS recipe for an interactive sky-line-based correction for long-slit data — is available here.

Please note that from 2024B all GMOS baseline arcs will be taken on sky, mixed with the science observations, to minimize flexure effects. Details on the changes to the GMOS baseline arc policy were provided in the 2024B Call for Proposals.

About the Announcement



GMOS on Gemini South.

Credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/M. Paredes