The GRIDView Visualization Package

Kent, Brian

Large three dimensional data cubes, catalogs, and spectral line archives are increasingly important elements of the data discovery process in astronomy. Visualization of large data volumes is of vital importance for the success of large spectral line surveys. I will show examples of data reduction utilizing the GRIDView software package, which allows users to manipulate data cubes, extract spectral profiles, and measure line properties. The package and included GUIs are designed with pipeline infrastructure in mind. The software has been used with great success analyzing spectral line and continuum data sets obtained from large radio survey collaborations. The tools are also important for multi-wavelength cross-correlation studies and incorporate Virtual Observatory client applications for overlaying database information in real time as cubes are examined by users.

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