Empirical color transformations between SDSS photometry and other photometric systems
Astronomical Institute of the University of Basel, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Venusstrasse 7, 4102 Binningen, Switzerland e-mail: [jordi;grebel;ammon]@astro.unibas.ch
Accepted: 28 August 2006
Aims.We present empirical color transformations between the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) ugriz photometry and the Johnson-Cousins UBVRI system and Becker's RGU system, respectively. Owing to the magnitude of data that is becoming available in the SDSS photometric system it is particularly important to be able to convert between this new system and traditional photometric systems. Unlike earlier published transformations we based our calculations on stars actually measured by the SDSS with the SDSS 2.5-m telescope. The photometric database of the SDSS provides in a sense a single-epoch set of “tertiary standards” covering more than one quarter of the sky. Our transformations should facilitate their use to easily and reliably derive the corresponding approximate Johnson-Cousins or RGU magnitudes.
Methods.The SDSS survey covers a number of areas that were previously established as standard fields in the Johnson-Cousins system, in particular, fields established by Landolt and by Stetson. We used these overlapping fields to create well-photometered star samples on which our calculated transformations are based. For the RGU photometry we used fields observed in the framework of the new Basel high-latitude field star survey.
Results.We calculated empirical color transformations between SDSS photometry and Johnson-Cousins UBVRI and Becker's RGU system. For all transformations we found linear relations to be sufficient. Furthermore we showed that the transformations between the Johnson-Cousins and the SDSS system have a slight dependence on metallicity.
Key words: surveys / catalogs / techniques: photometric
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