Résumé du preprint DAPNIA-03-08

Calibration of VISIR, the VLT Mid-Infrared Imager/Spectrometer
A.J. Claret, P.O. Lagage, E. Pantin, D. Dubreuil, P. Galdemard, A. Schoenmaker, J.W. Pel
Since the beginning of the VISIR project, the calibration aspects have been  taken into account as an integral
 part of the design. In order to provide the user and the archive with high quality and well-controlled data, 
it is mandatory to have, during the routine observation phase, all calibration observations as part of the 
instrument set-up activities and as part of the actual Astronomical Observing Template. We propose here to 
review the calibration of VISIR observations. After a description of the various hardware tools which have 
been introduced for calibration purposes (warm calibration unit, distortion grid, pupil imaging optics,
 wavelength calibration modules), we will present the calibrations in four astronomical categories (spatial
 resolution, photometry, astrometry and wavelength calibration). Cross-calibrations between the Imager and 
Spectrometer subsystems will also be addressed.


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