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Data analysis user's manual

This manual is very preliminary, please be patient or help adding what is missing.


SPICE instrument and capabilities

SPICE papers:

  • Instrument paper: Astron. Astrophys., 642, A14, 2020. DOI, ADS
  • First results: Submitted
  • In-flight calibration: Not available yet
  • Other papers can be found in the SPICE ADS library

SPICE online information:

Data products

The data levels, FITS files, and headers are described in

The full SPICE data set (to be cited in papers) has a DOI: doi:10.5270/esa-lbmdy7c. DOIs will also be attributed to each data release.

Find data

UiO catalogue:

  • Can be generated with IDL/SolarSoft (SSW) from a local data tree:
    1. Make sure $SPICEDATA points to the data tree you want to have catalogued - Run SPICEGENCAT. The catalogue file will be written to the data tree root directory (you need to have write access) - Run SPICECAT * The catalogue file generated from all SPICE files is accessible through the UiO website (restricted to SPICE team) * How to use it in Python * A CSV export of the part of the catalogue corresponding to each release is provided with the release. SOAR (and institute mirrors): * SOAR (how to use it) Quicklooks: * Quicklook archive (to be developed) * Quicklooks in SSW In the future: VSO. VSO through SSW or sunpy. Sunpy/Fido ===== Access data ===== SPICE team internal access: * UiO website (restricted). Once the data will be released: * SOAR (and institute mirrors) * List of data releases. * VSO. VSO through SSW or sunpy. Sunpy/Fido ===== Read and display data (IDL) ===== External links: * Oslo's quicklook tools spice_data, spice_object... * Peter Young's SPICE Analysis Guide ==== Environment variables ==== Choose a location to store your SPICE data (e.g., '/mydata/spice') and then point the environment variable $SPICEDATA to it:


This line should be added to your IDL_STARTUP file.

Data are organized under $SPICE_DATA with a year/month/day subdirectory structure. See the “Ingesting downloaded data” section below.

The SPICE catalog

The SPICE catalog can be accessed by doing:

IDL> spice_cat

Use the “SPICEGENCAT” button to make sure you have the most up-to-date list.

Read and display data (Python)


Analyze data

Instrument performance

Calibration reports (links)

Data calibration applied to L2 data (links)

Known instrumental artefacts: see release notes.

Line fitting


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