IDL, the Interactive Data Language,
is Research Systems' software
for data analysis, visualization, and cross-platform
application development. It is a handy tool
both for quick-look data analysis and full-scale, complex
reduction and analysis of science data. Its syntax is similar
to fortran but one has to get used to it. Once you are,
you will recognize that it can be really fast and handy when doing complex array arithmetics...|
I have used IDL to write several packages, two of which are offered for
- a tool for simulating observations with the
MIDI (and maybe the AMBER) instrument. Both
instruments are designed for the Very Large Telescope
Interferometer (VLTI) on Paranal/Chile.
- A/O version 0.37.1,
a package to reduce and somewhat analyze data taken
by array cameras. It is currently optimized to work with ALFA/OMEGA data, but can be adjusted to
work with others. It is neither well documented nor particularly free of bugs, so beware!!!
To use it, download the package, untar it, make sure the directory created is in your IDL path
(as must be the astrolib)
and type "@start_ao" on the command line. From then on, you will be alone...