10.5.1 ACS WFC Spectral Elements

There are many spectral elements (filters and polarizers) allowed for HST's ACS/WFC. This article provides a list of those spectral elements for the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT).

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Format definitions

Boldface type indicates the name of an APT parameter or a value for a parameter.

(red star) Black text indicates an important note.

Magenta text indicates available but unsupported parameters (requires prior approval from STScI).

Red text indicates restricted parameters (for STScI use only).

Brown text indicates text file parameters.

Items in brackets - <value> - are required values.

Items in square brackets - [<value>] - are optional.

Table 10.3: Spectral Elements for use with ACS/WFC Configuration1

WheelPositionNameDescriptionAllowed Configurations

1

2

F555W

Johnson V

ACS/WFC

1

3

F775W

SDSS i

ACS/WFC

1

4

F625W

SDSS r

ACS/WFC

1

5

F550M

narrow V

ACS/WFC

1

6

F850LP

SDSS z

ACS/WFC

1

8

POL0UV

UV polarizer 0°

ACS/WFC

1

9

POL60UV

UV polarizer 60°

ACS/WFC

1

10

POL120UV

UV polarizer 120°

ACS/WFC

1

11

F892N

methane

ACS/WFC

1

12

F606W

broad V

ACS/WFC

1

13

F502N

O III

ACS/WFC

1

14

G800L

GRISM

ACS/WFC

1

15

F658N

Ha

ACS/WFC

1

16

F475W

SDSS g

ACS/WFC

2

2

F660N

N II

ACS/WFC

2

3

F814W

Johnson I

ACS/WFC

2

4

FR388N

O II Ramp

ACS/WFC

2

4

FR423N

O II Ramp

ACS/WFC

2

4

FR462N

O II Ramp

ACS/WFC

2

5

F435W

Johnson B

ACS/WFC

2

6

FR656N

Ha ramp

ACS/WFC

2

6

FR716N

Ha ramp

ACS/WFC

2

6

FR782N

Ha ramp

ACS/WFC

2

8

POL0V

visible polarizer 0°

ACS/WFC

2

10

POL60V

visible polarizer 60°

ACS/WFC

2

12

POL120V

visible polarizer 120°

ACS/WFC

2

16

FR914M

Broad Ramp

ACS/WFC

2

16

FR853N

IR Ramp

ACS/WFC

2

16

FR931N

IR Ramp

ACS/WFC

217FR459MBroad RampACS/WFC
217FR647MBroad RampACS/WFC
217FR1016NIR RampACS/WFC
218FR505NO III RampACS/WFC
218FR551NO III RampACS/WFC
218FR601NO III RampACS/WFC

1For available but unsupported parameters (CLEAR)

In addition to the filter names in the table, the proposer may specify the spectral element for ACS/WFC ACCUM exposures as CLEAR if no spectral element is desired. But this should be done in consultation with an ACS Instrument Scientist as STScI does not provide calibration reference files for the mode.

Normally only one spectral element may be specified for an exposure. The exceptions are:

The polarizers must be used with another spectral element. This is required to maintain focus. The UV polarizers (POL0UV, POL60UV, POL120UV) must be used with a spectral element on wheel 2 except for: POL0V, POL60V, POL120V, and any inner or outer ramp filter segment (see Table 10.5: Wavelength Ranges for the WFC Ramp Filters. The visible polarizers (POL0V, POL60V, POL120V) must be used with a spectral element on wheel 1 except for: F850LP, F892N, POL0UV, POL60UV, and POL120UV.

For restricted parameters

When Optional Parameter CTE is specified (but not as NONE), and the Target is TUNGSTEN, other wheel 1 spectral element plus wheel 2 spectral element pairs are permitted, provided that both are legal for the WFC.

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Related Links

10.5.2 ACS WFC Permitted Filter Combinations
10.5.3 ACS WFC Ramp Filter Ranges
10.5.4 ACS WFC Allowed Combinations of Aperture, Spectral Element, and Readout
10.5.5 ACS SBC Spectral Elements
10.5.6 ACS Aperture Coordinate System




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