• The Habitable-Zone Planet Finder: improved flux image generation algorithms for H2RG up-the-ramp data

      Monson, Andrew; Stefansson, Gudmundur; Ninan, Joe P.; Bender, Chad; Mahadevan, Suvrath; Ford, Eric B.; Kaplan, Kyle F.; Terrien, Ryan C.; Roy, Arpita; Robertson, Paul; et al. (SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, 2018)
      Noise and stability of current state of the art near-infrared (NIR) array detectors are still substantially worse than optical science grade CCDs used in astronomy. Obtaining the maximum signal-to-noise ratio in flux image is important for many NIR instruments, as is stable well understood data reduction and extraction. The Habitable-zone Planet Finder (HPF) is a near-infrared ultra stable precision radial velocity (RV) spectrograph commissioned on 10-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET), McDonald Observatory, Texas, USA. HPF uses a Teledyne H2RG array detector. In order to achieve the high-precision (similar to 1 m/s) RV measurements from the NIR spectrum of HPF's science target stars, it is vital to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio and to accurately propagate the uncertainties. Here we present the algorithms we have developed to significantly improve the quality of flux images calculated from the up-the-ramp readout mode of H2RG. The algorithms in the tool HxRGproc presented in this manuscript are used for HPF's bias noise removal, non-linearity correction, cosmic ray correction, slope/flux and variance image calculation.