Marco Lam

Graduated from the University of Edinburgh, I am an Astrophysicist and software developer working on the topics of white dwarfs and data reduction pipeline. I was a Scientific Software Developer at the Astrophysics Research Institute at the Liverpool John Moores University before recently moved to Tel Aviv University to continue the same line of work in the development of data reduction pipelines, and research on the topic of White Dwarfs using various archival and observatory facilities.

Affiliation – Liverpool John Moores University / Tel Aviv University Position – Visiting Research Fellow / Research Associate Github ID – cylammarco Homepage – Twitter – @CYMarcoLam


An update on the development of ASPIRED

We are reporting the updates on the development of the Automated SpectroPhotometric REDuction (ASPIRED) pipeline, designed for common use on different instruments. The default settings support common long-slit spectrometer configurations, whilst it also offers a flexible set of functions for users to refine and tailor-make their automated pipelines to an instrument’s individual characteristics. Such automation provides near real-time data reduction to allow adaptive observing strategies, which is particularly important in the Time Domain Astronomy. Over the course of last year, significant improvement was made in the internal data handling as well as data I/O, accuracy and repeatability in the wavelength calibration. It has been tested on several active instruments: SPRAT on the Liverpool Telescope, ISIS on the William Herschel Telescope, GMOS long slit mode on the Gemini North. We are also expecting to deploy a new common pipeline for SPRAT (on LT) and MOOKODI (on the Lesedi Telescope) towards the end of the year.