Create a SpecMap


This function creates a new SpecMap and optionally initialises its attributes.

An SpecMap is a specialised form of Mapping which can be used to represent a sequence of conversions between standard spectral coordinate systems. This includes conversions between frequency, wavelength, and various forms of velocity, as well as conversions between different standards of rest.

When a SpecMap is first created, it simply performs a unit (null) Mapping. Using the AST_SPECADD routine, a series of coordinate conversion steps may then be added, selected from the list of supported conversions. This allows multi-step conversions between a variety of spectral coordinate systems to be assembled out of the building blocks provided by this class.

For details of the individual coordinate conversions available, see the description of the AST_SPECADD routine.

Conversions are available to transform between standards of rest. Such conversions need to know the source position as an RA and DEC. This information can be supplied in the form of parameters for the relevant conversions, in which case the SpecMap is 1-dimensional, simply transforming the spectral axis values. This means that the same source position will always be used by the SpecMap. However, this may not be appropriate for an accurate description of a 3-D spectral cube, where changes of spatial position can produce significant changes in the Doppler shift introduced when transforming between standards of rest. For this situation, a 3-dimensional SpecMap can be created in which axes 2 and 3 correspond to the source RA and DEC The SpecMap simply copies values for axes 2 and 3 from input to output).




The number of inputs to the Mapping (this will also equal the number of outputs). This value must be either 1 or 3. In either case, the first input and output correspoindis the spectral axis. For a 3-axis SpecMap, the second and third axes give the RA and DEC (J2000 FK5) of the source. This positional information is used by conversions which transform between standards of rest, and replaces the " RA" and " DEC" arguments for the individual conversions listed in description of the " SpecAdd" routine.
This argument is reserved for future use and should currently always be set to zero.
A character string containing an optional comma-separated list of attribute assignments to be used for initialising the new SpecMap. The syntax used is identical to that for the AST_SET routine. If no initialisation is required, a blank value may be supplied.
STATUS = INTEGER (Given and Returned)
The global status.

Returned Value

A pointer to the new SpecMap.