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CLASS internal data format

Observations with a single dish telescope may be divided in two categories:

  1. Pointed observation: The telescope beam is pointed toward a fixed position of the source during the signal integration. In its simplest form, the scan is composed of a spectrum whose intensity is accumulated during the scan duration. Nothing prevents more complex scan definitions, e.g. a scan composed of several shorter integrations, all at the same position on the sky.
  2. On-The-Fly (OTF) observation: The telescope beam continuously drifts on source during the integration to make a map of the source. The scan is then composed of set of spectra regularly dumped (typically every 1 second) during a contiguous portion of time (typically 10 minutes). Each dumped spectra corresponds to a different position on the sky.


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