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Amplitude Calibration
IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer

S. Guilloteau$^{1}$

Document probably older than you think

Version 1.0

(1) Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimétrique
300 Rue de la Piscine
F-38406 Saint Martin d'Hères

Calibration compensates for imperfections and unknowns in the instrument use, including antenna defects (surface quality, focus), pointing errors, atmospheric transmission and fluctuations, receiver and backend gain and instabilities, etc...

This paper describes the way OBS (30-m or 15-m version) calibrates spectra, tries to assess the accuracy of the calibration factor, $Tcal$, under practical observing conditions, and then list precautions to take when observing.

Note: this is the on-line version of the "Amplitude Calibration". A PDF version is also available.

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