High Level Data Analysis Tools
Another task of MICE is to develop high level data analysis tools to be plugged at the end of the imager branch of the general STScI pipeline. Those tools need to be built from a combination of the instrument design plus the results of test data analysis. They will, therefore, only mature once test data had been fully analysed. Not only MICE will watch over this test data analysis and their results, but the MICE team will also keep track of the developments of the various software pieces and understand their functionality and interconnection.
Specific work packages, for example the derivation of parameters for ghosts in the imager data, the analysis and modeling of the flat field structure in the imager and in the low resolution spectrometer, the study of the background subtraction, and the issues related to the astrometry, will be specifically studied by various Working Groups (Imager, MRS, Pipeline/Calibration, RTS, etc..) ; the results will be compared and discussed within the MIRI European Consortium (EC) first and then within the US/NASA community. .
Although the work has been distributed it needs to be coordinated to avoid both duplication and missing items. MICE members are not only included in the MIRI Test and Science Teams but also in all working groups working on the JWST mission. As such they are playing an active role in all discussions not only inside the MIRI European Consortium but also with the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) at Baltimore, the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) at Greenbelt, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at Pasadena, for contributing taking relevant decisions. High level imager data handling tools (e.g. for instance images deconvolution, background filtering, mapping, etc.. for the imager) are also under the responsibility of MICE.
MICE members are also responsible for various Commissioning Activity Requests (CARs) and Commissioning Analysis Projects (CAPs).
High level coronagraphs data handling tools are being built by, and under the responsibility of, the Coronagraph Working Group (CWG) at STScI: several MICE members belong to this working group and as such must be sure to not only discuss and propose solutions but also to get well acquainted with these tools in order to help the community.