The Elixir System

The Elixir Project at CFHT has the goal of enabling the optimal use of data by our observers. The current target of the Elixir project is data from large mosaic cameras. We call the project `Elixir' after the fabled goal of the ancient alchemists: the Elixir which could restore youth or turn lead into gold. The Elixir project seeks to restore youth to archived data and turn weighty mass of unmined data collected at CFHT into nuggets of gold.

Elixir is not a single program or package; rather it is a collection of programs, databases, and other tools related to the processing and evaluation of the telescope data. This document provides a starting point for a variety of documentation related to the Elixir project.