The WFCAM Science Archive

Authors

  • N. C. Hambly,

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    1. Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
      E-mail: nch@roe.ac.uk
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  • R. S. Collins,

    1. Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
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  • N. J. G. Cross,

    1. Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
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  • R. G. Mann,

    1. Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
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  • M. A. Read,

    1. Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
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  • E. T. W. Sutorius,

    1. Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
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  • I. Bond,

    1. Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University at Albany, Auckland, New Zealand
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  • J. Bryant,

    1. Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
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  • J. P. Emerson,

    1. Astronomy Unit, School of Mathematical Science, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
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  • A. Lawrence,

    1. Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
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  • L. Rimoldini,

    1. Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
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  • J. M. Stewart,

    1. United Kingdom Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
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  • P. M. Williams,

    1. Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ
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  • A. Adamson,

    1. Joint Astronomy Centre, 660 North A‘ohōkū Place, University Park, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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  • P. Hirst,

    1. Joint Astronomy Centre, 660 North A‘ohōkū Place, University Park, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    2. Gemini Observatory, 670 North A‘ohōkū Place, University Park, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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  • S. Dye,

    1. School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, 5 The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3YB
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  • S. J. Warren

    1. Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2AZ
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E-mail: nch@roe.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

We describe the WFCAM Science Archive, which is the primary point of access for users of data from the wide-field infrared camera WFCAM on the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT), especially science catalogue products from the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey. We describe the database design with emphasis on those aspects of the system that enable users to fully exploit the survey data sets in a variety of different ways. We give details of the database-driven curation applications that take data from the standard nightly pipeline-processed and calibrated files for the production of science-ready survey data sets. We describe the fundamentals of querying relational databases with a set of astronomy usage examples, and illustrate the results.

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