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MICADO Simulations
MICADO Calibration Simulations
This project investigates the use of simulated data in the verification of the MICADO instrument calibration.
The science requirements on new instruments on extremely large telescopes are so stringent that algorithms are already being prototyped during the design phase of the projects.
Simulations are required to validate that these algorithms, and the design of the instrument itself, are sufficient to meet these science requirements.
Simulated data offer more than just a mock of future observations.
Simulations allow scientists to create special constellations of celestial objects and thus make it possible to validate the effectiveness of the calibration procedures in edge cases.
Furthermore, physical effects that need to be calibrated for can be enhanced or diminished in order to quantify the effectiveness of the calibration procedures.
Simulations therefore allow validation of the calibration procedures in a way that cannot be achieved with real data.
The goal of this project is to utilize the existing MICADO data simulator (ScopeSIM) to validate the existing calibration plan.
In particular the focus is on determining what simulations are necessary, creating these simulations, and as far as feasible determine their usefulness.
The project is designed as a Bachelor project.
The student will be embedded in the existing MICADO team, ensuring access to required expertise.
All components are already in place, allowing for a rolling start of the project.
The scope of the project can be scaled up or down, depending on how the project progresses: early results will already be useful, while at the same time there are enough options for the student to define their own direction.
The project supervisors are Dr. Hugo Buddelmeijer and Dr. Gijs Verdoes Kleijn.
Research Questions
* How can simulations contribute to the validation of the calibration procedures of next generation instruments for extremely large telescopes?
* What kind of simulations are necessary to determine whether the instrument and associated data processing software will be sufficient to meet the stringent science requirements.
* What is required of simulators in order to facilitate the creation of these simulations?
* A simplified validation plan for selected calibration procedures of the MICADO instrument.
* A library of simulated data to validate the calibration of the MICADO instrument.
In particular for Standard Imaging, and the High Contrast Imaging and Astrometric Imaging if time permits.
* A report suitable for a Bachelor thesis.
* Optionally, components necessary for the simulations that are missing from the simulator.
For example calibration sources, or specific stellar configurations, etc.
Project Timeline
* Week 1: Familiarizing with the MICADO project, in particular the Calibration Plan.
* Week 2: Familiarizing with the infrastructure, in particular the simulator (ScopeSIM).
* Week 3: Defining a validation plan for a relatively simple calibration procedure, for example flat fielding.
* Week 4: Simulating data for the simple calibration procedure and testing its effectiveness by validating the calibration procedure.
* Week 5: Same as week 3, but for a more complex algorithm, for example astrometric calibration.
* Week 6: Same as week 4, but for a more complex algorithm.
* Week 7: Writing thesis.
* Week 8: Contingency.
* Week 9: Contingency.
* Week 10: Present thesis.
Simulations for MICADO.
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