AIPS HELP file for VLABP in 31DEC21
As of Wed Oct 27 23:27:12 2021
VLABP: VLA snapshot beam polarization correction
INNAME Image name (name),
INCLASS Image class; must have
'I*', 'Q*' and 'U*'.
or polarization cube
INSEQ 0.0 9999.0 Image name (seq. #)
INDISK 0.0 9.0 Image disk drive #
ROTATE Parallactic angle (deg)
Antenna fract. poln. image
IN2CLASS Class, must have
'Q*' and 'U*'.
IN2SEQ 0.0 9999.0 Ant. poln seq. #
IN2DISK 0.0 9.0 Ant. poln drive #
OUTNAME Image name
OUTCLASS Class: 'Q*' and 'U*'.
OUTSEQ -1.0 9999.0 Image name (seq. #)
OUTDISK 0.0 9.0 Image disk drive #
BADDISK -1.0 1000.0 Disks to avoid for scratch.
Task: Corrects an VLA snapshot polarization image for the
antenna residual polarization. Note this will ONLY work for
snapshots as the antenna residual polarization function rotates
with parallactic angle.
INNAME......The input image name. Standard defaults.
INCLASS.....The root of the input classes. The polarization images
are assumed to have the same class except for the first
character which is 'I', 'Q', or 'U' (e.g. 'ICL001',
'QCL001' and 'UCL001'). Default 'ICL001'.
An alternative is if the input image is a polarization
cube, e.g. three planes with I, Q, and U on the third
INSEQ.......The input map image sequence number. 0 => high
INDISK......The input map image disk drive no. 0 => any
ROTATE......The parallactic angle of the observations. This is used
iff the Q input image does NOT have a header keyword
'PARANGLE'. If this keyword exists its associated value
IN2NAME.....The antenna fractional polarization image name.
IN2CLASS....The root of the class name; the real and imaginary parts
must be 'Q*' and 'U*' respectively (e.g. 'QFRACT',
'UFRACT'). Default 'QFRACT'
IN2SEQ......The antenna polarization image sequence number.
0 => actual INSEQ
IN2DISK.....The antenna polarization image disk drive no. 0 => any
OUTNAME.....The output polarized image name.
blank => Standard defaults based on INNAME.
OUTCLASS....The root of the output image class. The real and
imaginary parts will be 'Q*' and 'U*'
respectively. (e.g. 'QCORR', 'UCORR')
The output image may be the same as the input
image. Default 'QCORR'
If the input image was a polarization cube then
the output will be a polarization cube in which
the total intensity plane is copied from the
OUTSEQ......The output image seq. no., 0=> highest unique
If >0; image will be created if new,
overwritten if image name exists.
OUTDISK.....Output image disk drive no., 0=> highest with space
BADDISK.....This array contains the numbers of disks on which
it is desired that scratch files not be located.
BADDISK has no effect on input and output maps.
VLABP: Task to correct VLA polarized snapshot images for antenna
Documentor: W. D. Cotton NRAO
Related Programs: IMAGR
This task is intended to correct VLA widefield polarization
snapshot images for the effects of the residual polarization
pattern of the antenna/feed. As this pattern rotates with
parallactic angle this correction can only be made in the image
plane for snapshots for which there is a well defined
The parallactic angle of the observations can either be
attached to the input 'Q' image as a header keyword 'PARANGLE'.
This keyword can be written ising verb PUTHEAD. An alternative
is using avderb ROTATE.
An image of the antenna fractional polarization must be
provided. This has a real ('Q') and imaginary ('U') parts which
should be the ratio of the Q or U polarization to the total
insensity for a source at the corresponding location. The image
should correspond to parallactic angle 0 deg.
This image need not be at the same cell spacing as the input
image but should cover the entire region of the input images.
Regions outside of this image will be blanked.
The input and output image may be polarization cubes with
Stokes I, Q and U on the third axis. In this case the total
intensity image is copied from the input to output.