[AstroPy] SpectroscoPy package overlaps

Jason Prochaska xavier at ucolick.org
Wed Nov 8 18:00:43 EST 2017

Yup, I see quite a bit of potential overlap with
the astropy affiliated package named linetools:


But the examples described in your email also
appear to be nicely complementary.



On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 1:35 PM, Pawel Kozlowski <pawel at pmkozlowski.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> We're setting up a spectroscopy package called SpectroscoPy for the
> PlasmaPy project and we are looking for overlaps/synergies with
> spectroscopic packages under AstroPy.
> SpectroscoPy: https://github.com/PlasmaPy/SpectroscoPy
> One of the main goals is to create a syntax which uniquely describes
> atomic energy levels and configurations that can then be used with
> querying tools (e.g. astroquery) to query various line databases (e.g.
> NIST, CHIANTI). This generalized querying tool can then be interfaced to
> a simulation suite (starting with simple LTE spectra and expanding from
> there) with a simple switch for choosing which database to use. This way
> one can quickly compare spectra produced from different databases. We
> would also like to find/create a method for uniquely identifying
> databases and their versions for reproducibility.
> A separate arm of the project would focus on tools relevant to design
> and analysis of experiments. This would include stuff like commonly used
> Bragg crystals and their interlattice spacings, a query tool for
> fetching and comparing cold filter transmissions from Henke
> (http://henke.lbl.gov/optical_constants/filter2.html), a tool for
> applying whitelight and dispersion calibrations to a measured spectrum.
> What are the astropy community's thoughts on such a project? Would it be
> of value to you? Is there significant overlap with any current projects
> on astropy?
> Cheers,
> Pawel Kozlowski (lemmatum)
> https://github.com/lemmatum
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