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Science Tools Working Group

The current release of the Science Tools is now v9r11.

Here are the differences from v9r10. v9r11 includes the Pass 6 v3 IRFS that include the effect of ghosts and some additional functionality described below.

Data products: Reprocessing is still in planning.

Databases and related utilities

In you use the AstroServer, you should have noted Tony's note this week about the 4 runs previously flagged as bad have been removed from the server.

Likelihood analysis

From Jim, regarding new functionality in v9r11 of the Science Tools:

  • phi-dependence in the Likelihood packages. Note that none of the IRFs have the phi-dependence in them yet, and when they do, it will only be for the effective area
  • At Jean's request, Pat and I have added access to the MINOS functionality for the Minuit and NewMinuit optimizers. This will use the profile likelihood method for determining 1-sigma confidence intervals. The interface still needs some development, but knowledgeable users (e.g., Johann C.-T., et al) can make use of it.

GRB tools

No news

Pulsar tools

Masa reports continuing to work on updated documentation for the pulsar tools. As of Monday evening he was ready to start updating the User Workbook.

No news yet about how and whether D4 and the pulsar tools will be modified for handling the real-life ephemeridies that the Bordeaux group has been receiving from the pulsar timing consortium; for some pulsars very-high order time derivatives are included.

Observation simulation

Jim reports that v9r11 includes the previously-reported "fix to astro wherein the unneeded IGRF calculations are skipped so that gtobssim runs a factor of 3 faster."

User interface and infrastructure (& utilities)

No news

Source Catalog

Last week most of the discussion was related to the 6-month source list that Jean has developed and a presentation by Keith on monitoring cumulative source significances.