AIPS NRAO AIPS HELP file for STOKES in 31DEC18



As of Sun Jul 22 6:34:51 2018



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STOKES
Type:  Adverb (String*4)
Use:   Specify which Stokes parameters are to be produced or operated
       upon by a process.  Legal values depend on the task.  Normally,
       they include the Stokes parameters:
             I       Q       U       V
       the combinations of Stokes parameters:
             IV      IQU     IQUV
       the individual correlators:
             RR      LL      RL      LR
       or
             XX      YY      XY      YX
       and the combinations of correlators:
             RRLL (RR/LL)   RLLR (RL/LR)  RLRL (RR/LL/RL/LR)
       or
             XXYY (XX/YY)   XYYX (XY/YX)  XYXY (XX/YY/XY/YX)
       The generic words are interpreted differently depending on the
       polarization present in the data:
             'HALF' = RR, LL  for Stokes values > -5
                    = XX, YY  for Stokes values < -4
             'CROS' = RL, LR  for Stokes values > -5
                    = XY, YX  for Stokes values < -4
             'FULL' = I,  Q,  U,  V   for Stokes values > 0
                      RR, LL, RL, LR  for Stokes values < 0, > -5
                      XX, YY, XY, YX  for Stokes values < -4
       In many cases, it is acceptable to substitute RR or LL for I
       when the other is missing.  The code will also do this for XX
       and YY which is less likely to be correct.  If you want,
       "formal I" in which both RR and LL or XX and YY are required to
       be present change STOKES='I' to STOKES='F'.  (The F forms of
       IQU, IQUV, and IV are also accepted but they are already formal
       I in the I form.)

       WARNING: not all tasks will be able to understand this full
       range of STOKES values.  All tasks with the DOCALIB adverb
       should understand this full range, but even some of these tasks
       are more limited.  For example, IMAGR will image only one
       Stokes value at a time: I, Q, U, or V.
Null value: '    '
       Null value assignment usually means 'I' or FULL

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