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Data Reduction Software for Bolometer Arrays

BoA (BOlometer Array Analysis Software)

Background information

BoA is a newly designed software package for the reading, handling, and analysis of bolometer array data. Its design and implementation is a collaborative effort of scientist at the MPIfR, AIfA, AIRUB, and IAS that was started in 2002. The primary goal of BoA is to handle data from LABOCA at APEX, both for online visualization and offline processing. BoA can also be used to process data acquired with other instruments such as ASZCa at APEX or MAMBO at the IRAM 30-meter telescope. BoA includes most of the relevant functionalities of the current reduction packages (MOPSIC, NIC, SURF). The major difference to them is that BoA is written in a programming environment that is (hopefully) easier to modify, maintain, and re-use. Moreover, BoA naturally interface with APECS and the MBfits format.

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BoA download

The latest version can be downloaded from the ESO LABOCA web page
At June 2010, a new BoA version was released (2010 June 24 version). See for more information." on these pages as well. The BoA documentation and license agreements are included in the download.

Other information

We have collected the SABOCA array parameters and a few helper scripts to apply the correct RCP file as well as lists of bad and inverted channels, convenient for you to download. A template SABOCA reduction script is also included:


Background information

CRUSH is the Comprehensive Reduction Utility for SHARC-II but can also reduce data for other bolometer arrays, as LABOCA, SABOCA, Artemis, ASZCa and polarization data from PolKa.

Official page

Maintaned by the author of the software, Attila Kovacs at

Software download

The latest version can be downloaded from