Science Tools Working Group

The current release of the Science Tools remains v9r11. The forecast is still for a new release in the near future. As mentioned last week, among other things it will have P6_V4 and P6_V5 response functions that have been implemented by Riccardo.

LATE-BREAKING NEWS: Riccardo has found a small bug in how the energy dispersions are handled in the Pass 6 IRFs.

Data products: Reprocessing for Pass 7 is still getting into gear. The FT2 reprocessing task (to add some new columns has been defined for the pipeline.

Databases and related utilities

No news

Likelihood analysis

Jim is investigating potential modifications to the calculation of diffuse responses to take into account the energy dispersion; Jean has demonstrated (in his studies for the Spectral Analysis Group) that at low energies this may be worthwhile for accuracy.

GRB tools

No news

Pulsar tools

Masa reports that he is updating the user documentation for the pulsar tools; working on example files.

Observation simulation

The bug that Masa reported a bug in how the DATE-OBS keyword is still open. Most likely you will not notice unless you are trying to run the pulsar tools on simulated data.

User interface and infrastructure (& utilities)

In Science Tools v9r11 gtexpcube has a default parameter file that has hardwired inputs and does not prompt the user for inputs. This is in JIRA. As a workaround you could replace your system copy of gtexpcube.par with the same file from an earlier release; entering all of the parameters on the command line won't help.

Source Catalog

Last week Jean presented an investigation of the effect of the energy spacing of exposure maps on the results from likelihood analysis. Updates to the Bright Source List paper to respond to the referee's comments were also discussed.

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