skip to main content
DOE PAGES title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Hypercalibration: A Pan-STARRS1-Based Recalibration of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Photometry

Abstract

In this paper, we present a recalibration of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) photometry with new flat fields and zero points derived from Pan-STARRS1. Using point-spread function (PSF) photometry of 60 million stars with 16 < r < 20, we derive a model of amplifier gain and flat-field corrections with per-run rms residuals of 3 millimagnitudes (mmag) in griz bands and 15 mmag in u band. The new photometric zero points are adjusted to leave the median in the Galactic north unchanged for compatibility with previous SDSS work. We also identify transient non-photometric periods in SDSS ("contrails") based on photometric deviations co-temporal in SDSS bands. Finally, the recalibrated stellar PSF photometry of SDSS and PS1 has an rms difference of {9, 7, 7, 8} mmag in griz, respectively, when averaged over 15' regions.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [6];  [6];  [7];  [6];  [6];  [6];  [6];  [7];  [6];  [8];  [9];  [6]
  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA (United States); Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
  2. Max Planck Inst. for Astronomy, Heidelberg (Germany)
  3. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  4. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States)
  5. LSST Corporation, Tucson, AZ (United States)
  6. Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI (United States)
  7. Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
  8. Princeton Univ., NJ (United States)
  9. Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC); National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA); German Research Foundation (DFG)
OSTI Identifier:
1393043
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231; NNX10AD69G
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
The Astrophysical Journal (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: The Astrophysical Journal (Online); Journal Volume: 822; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1538-4357
Publisher:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; data analysis; surveys; photometric techniques

Citation Formats

Finkbeiner, Douglas P., Schlafly, Edward F., Schlegel, David J., Padmanabhan, Nikhil, Jurić, Mario, Burgett, William S., Chambers, Kenneth C., Denneau, Larry, Draper, Peter W., Flewelling, Heather, Hodapp, Klaus W., Kaiser, Nick, Magnier, E. A., Metcalfe, N., Morgan, Jeffrey S., Price, Paul A., Stubbs, Christopher W., and Tonry, John L. Hypercalibration: A Pan-STARRS1-Based Recalibration of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Photometry. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.3847/0004-637X/822/2/66.
Finkbeiner, Douglas P., Schlafly, Edward F., Schlegel, David J., Padmanabhan, Nikhil, Jurić, Mario, Burgett, William S., Chambers, Kenneth C., Denneau, Larry, Draper, Peter W., Flewelling, Heather, Hodapp, Klaus W., Kaiser, Nick, Magnier, E. A., Metcalfe, N., Morgan, Jeffrey S., Price, Paul A., Stubbs, Christopher W., & Tonry, John L. Hypercalibration: A Pan-STARRS1-Based Recalibration of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Photometry. United States. doi:10.3847/0004-637X/822/2/66.
Finkbeiner, Douglas P., Schlafly, Edward F., Schlegel, David J., Padmanabhan, Nikhil, Jurić, Mario, Burgett, William S., Chambers, Kenneth C., Denneau, Larry, Draper, Peter W., Flewelling, Heather, Hodapp, Klaus W., Kaiser, Nick, Magnier, E. A., Metcalfe, N., Morgan, Jeffrey S., Price, Paul A., Stubbs, Christopher W., and Tonry, John L. Thu . "Hypercalibration: A Pan-STARRS1-Based Recalibration of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Photometry". United States. doi:10.3847/0004-637X/822/2/66. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1393043.
@article{osti_1393043,
title = {Hypercalibration: A Pan-STARRS1-Based Recalibration of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Photometry},
author = {Finkbeiner, Douglas P. and Schlafly, Edward F. and Schlegel, David J. and Padmanabhan, Nikhil and Jurić, Mario and Burgett, William S. and Chambers, Kenneth C. and Denneau, Larry and Draper, Peter W. and Flewelling, Heather and Hodapp, Klaus W. and Kaiser, Nick and Magnier, E. A. and Metcalfe, N. and Morgan, Jeffrey S. and Price, Paul A. and Stubbs, Christopher W. and Tonry, John L.},
abstractNote = {In this paper, we present a recalibration of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) photometry with new flat fields and zero points derived from Pan-STARRS1. Using point-spread function (PSF) photometry of 60 million stars with 16 < r < 20, we derive a model of amplifier gain and flat-field corrections with per-run rms residuals of 3 millimagnitudes (mmag) in griz bands and 15 mmag in u band. The new photometric zero points are adjusted to leave the median in the Galactic north unchanged for compatibility with previous SDSS work. We also identify transient non-photometric periods in SDSS ("contrails") based on photometric deviations co-temporal in SDSS bands. Finally, the recalibrated stellar PSF photometry of SDSS and PS1 has an rms difference of {9, 7, 7, 8} mmag in griz, respectively, when averaged over 15' regions.},
doi = {10.3847/0004-637X/822/2/66},
journal = {The Astrophysical Journal (Online)},
number = 2,
volume = 822,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {5}
}

Journal Article:
Free Publicly Available Full Text
Publisher's Version of Record

Citation Metrics:
Cited by: 34 works
Citation information provided by
Web of Science

Save / Share:

Works referenced in this record:

The Ninth data Release of the Sloan Digital sky Survey: First Spectroscopic data from the Sdss-Iii Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey
journal, November 2012

  • Ahn, Christopher P.; Alexandroff, Rachael; Allende Prieto, Carlos
  • The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Vol. 203, Issue 2
  • DOI: 10.1088/0067-0049/203/2/21

The Eighth data Release of the Sloan Digital sky Survey: First data from Sdss-Iii
journal, March 2011

  • Aihara, Hiroaki; Allende Prieto, Carlos; An, Deokkeun
  • The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Vol. 193, Issue 2
  • DOI: 10.1088/0067-0049/193/2/29

Correcting for the Effects of Interstellar Extinction
journal, January 1999

  • Fitzpatrick, Edward L.
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol. 111, Issue 755
  • DOI: 10.1086/316293

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Photometric System
journal, April 1996

  • Fukugita, M.; Ichikawa, T.; Gunn, J. E.
  • The Astronomical Journal, Vol. 111
  • DOI: 10.1086/117915

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Photometric Camera
journal, December 1998

  • Gunn, J. E.; Carr, M.; Rockosi, C.
  • The Astronomical Journal, Vol. 116, Issue 6
  • DOI: 10.1086/300645

The 2.5 m Telescope of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
journal, April 2006

  • Gunn, James E.; Siegmund, Walter A.; Mannery, Edward J.
  • The Astronomical Journal, Vol. 131, Issue 4
  • DOI: 10.1086/500975

Optical design of the Pan-STARRS telescopes
conference, September 2004

  • Hodapp, Klaus W.; Siegmund, Walter A.; Kaiser, Nicholas
  • SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, SPIE Proceedings
  • DOI: 10.1117/12.550179

A Photometricity and Extinction Monitor at the Apache Point Observatory
journal, October 2001

  • Hogg, David W.; Finkbeiner, Douglas P.; Schlegel, David J.
  • The Astronomical Journal, Vol. 122, Issue 4
  • DOI: 10.1086/323103

SDSS data management and photometric quality assessment
journal, October 2004

  • Ivezi?, ?.; Lupton, R. H.; Schlegel, D.
  • Astronomische Nachrichten, Vol. 325, Issue 6-8
  • DOI: 10.1002/asna.200410285

The Pan-STARRS wide-field optical/NIR imaging survey
conference, July 2010

  • Kaiser, Nick; Burgett, William; Chambers, Ken
  • SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, SPIE Proceedings
  • DOI: 10.1117/12.859188

The Segue Stellar Parameter Pipeline. i. Description and Comparison of Individual Methods
journal, October 2008


The Pan-STARRS1 Small Area Survey 2
journal, September 2013

  • Metcalfe, N.; Farrow, D. J.; Cole, S.
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 435, Issue 3
  • DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stt1343

Secondary standard stars for absolute spectrophotometry
journal, March 1983

  • Oke, J. B.; Gunn, J. E.
  • The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 266
  • DOI: 10.1086/160817

The Pan-STARRS Gigapixel Camera #1 and STARGRASP controller results and performance
conference, August 2008

  • Onaka, P.; Tonry, J. L.; Isani, S.
  • SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, SPIE Proceedings
  • DOI: 10.1117/12.788093

An Improved Photometric Calibration of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Imaging Data
journal, February 2008

  • Padmanabhan, Nikhil; Schlegel, David J.; Finkbeiner, Douglas P.
  • The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 674, Issue 2
  • DOI: 10.1086/524677

Astrometric Calibration of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
journal, March 2003

  • Pier, Jeffrey R.; Munn, Jeffrey A.; Hindsley, Robert B.
  • The Astronomical Journal, Vol. 125, Issue 3
  • DOI: 10.1086/346138

Measuring Reddening with Sloan Digital sky Survey Stellar Spectra and Recalibrating sfd
journal, August 2011


The blue tip of the Stellar Locus: Measuring Reddening with the Sloan Digital sky Survey
journal, November 2010

  • Schlafly, Edward F.; Finkbeiner, Douglas P.; Schlegel, David J.
  • The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 725, Issue 1
  • DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/725/1/1175

Photometric Calibration of the First 1.5 Years of the Pan-Starrs1 Survey
journal, August 2012


Maps of Dust Infrared Emission for Use in Estimation of Reddening and Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation Foregrounds
journal, June 1998

  • Schlegel, David J.; Finkbeiner, Douglas P.; Davis, Marc
  • The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 500, Issue 2
  • DOI: 10.1086/305772

FIRST RESULTS FROM Pan-STARRS1: FAINT, HIGH PROPER MOTION WHITE DWARFS IN THE MEDIUM-DEEP FIELDS
journal, December 2011


THE Pan-STARRS1 PHOTOMETRIC SYSTEM
journal, April 2012


The Sloan Digital Sky Survey monitor telescope pipeline
journal, November 2006

  • Tucker, D. L.; Kent, S.; Richmond, M. W.
  • Astronomische Nachrichten, Vol. 327, Issue 9
  • DOI: 10.1002/asna.200610655

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Technical Summary
journal, September 2000

  • York, Donald G.; Adelman, J.; Anderson, Jr., John E.
  • The Astronomical Journal, Vol. 120, Issue 3
  • DOI: 10.1086/301513

The Second US Naval Observatory CCD Astrograph Catalog (UCAC2)
journal, May 2004

  • Zacharias, N.; Urban, S. E.; Zacharias, M. I.
  • The Astronomical Journal, Vol. 127, Issue 5
  • DOI: 10.1086/386353