1 Introduction

 1.1 Document conventions

The SCUBA-2 pipeline is a suite of recipes and primitives for the Orac-dr automated data processing software package. Additional functionality for processing and analysis of reduced data is provided through a number of Picard recipes. General documentation on Orac-dr and Picard can be found in SUN/230 and SUN/265 respectively.

The fundamental operation of the pipeline is to begin with raw data and produce calibrated science images with no additional user input. All decisions are based on metadata stored in the data files combined with basic quality assessment of reduced data products.

1.1 Document conventions

In an attempt to make this document clearer to read, different fonts are used for specific structures.

Observing modes are denoted by all upper case body text (e.g. FLATFIELD).

Starlink package names are shown in small caps (e.g. Smurf); individual task names are shown in sans-serif (e.g. makemap). Orac-dr recipes and primitives are also shown in sans-serif and are always upper case (e.g. REDUCE_SCAN).

Content listings are shown in fixed-width type (sometimes called ‘typewriter’). Extensions and components within NDF (SUN/33) data files are shown in upper case fixed-width type (e.g. HISTORY).

Text relating to filenames (including suffices for data products), key presses or entries typed at the command line are also denoted by fixed-width type (e.g. % smurf), as are parameters for tasks which are displayed in upper case (e.g. METHOD).

References to Starlink documents, i.e., Starlink User Notes (SUN), Starlink General documents (SG) and Starlink Cookbooks (SC), are given in the text using the document type and the corresponding number (e.g. SUN/95). Non-Starlink documents are cited in the text and listed in the bibliography.

File name suffices represent the text between the final underscore character and the three-letter .sdf extension. For example, a file named s4a20101020_00002_0001_cal.sdf has the suffix _cal.