Release Notes

2020-04-14 Release 3

This release extends the dataset through 2020-01-06. This includes the end of Orbit 3 and beginning of Orbit 4, including Venus Flyby 2, but with no new encounter data. Files included cover the entire mission; thus it supersedes previous releases. Contact the SOC for access to release 1 and 2 data if needed for comparison.

  1. Much of the CDF metadata has been updated to provide better descriptions and make data easier to find. In particular, pitch angle and related pointing data are tagged as data rather than support_data to make them more visible in many tools. Variable names have not been changed.
  2. Updated calibration tables for EPI-Lo have been applied. This results in small (a few percent) changes in energy channels and fluxes throughout the mission.

2020-01-27 Release 2

This release extends the dataset through 2019-10-10 (after third encounter). Files included cover the entire mission; thus it supersedes release 1. Contact the SOC for access to release 1 data if needed for comparison.

  1. Pitch angles for 2019 use updated FIELDS calibrations. The 2018 pitch angles have not changed from release 1, as FIELDS calibrations from 2018 required no updating.
  2. The summary product (psp_isois_l2-summary) includes a new variable, A_Heavy_Rate_TS. This is a total heavy-ion count rate from the EPI-Hi LET1A telescope.

2019-11-15 Release 1

Proper analysis of this first release of the data requires knowledge of several caveats and possible instrumental effects.

  1. Pitch angles are using preliminary calibrations from the FIELDS magnetic field instrument. This may result in errors in pitch angle determination up to about 1.5 degrees.
  2. EPI-Hi and EPI-Lo data use different units for energies and thus for fluxes. EPI-Hi data are reported MeV for protons and electrons, and MeV/nuc for heavy ions. EPI-Lo uses keV for all species except for time-of-flight only data, which uses keV/nuc. These differences are important when combiningdata across the two sensors.
  3. Ions heavier than helium and electrons are likely to have substantial background, including from other species, and are thus provided as count rates only until commissioning of these species can be completed for inclusion in a future release.
  4. EPI-Hi data below approximately 2MeV may be subject to instrumental effects that are currently being quantified. At these energies, the incident energy may be under reported by as much as 10% and the flux may be underreported by as much as 30%.
  5. EPI-Hi hourly (3600) data is compiled on the hour according to the spacecraft clock. The first integration after turn-on may be substantially shorter than an hour depending on when turn-on occurred. This may result in poor counting statistics from a short integration and unrealistic spectra for this first integration. The same effect is present, but less apparent, for the first integration of shorter periods.
  6. Spacecraft position is provided for every timebase in a file. Position is in HCI (variable names starting with HCI_R, HCI_Lat, HCI_Lon for each timebase) and HGC (names starting with HGC_R, HGC_Lat, HGC_Lon). Particle flow direction for each look direction is provided as unit vectors in HCI and RTN, as well as pitch angle, also on every timebase; variable names start with HCI, RTN, and PA.