GaaP: PSF- and aperture-matched photometry using shapelets
Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, PO Box 9513, 2300RA Leiden, The Netherlands e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 21 February 2008
Aims. We describe a new technique for measuring accurate galaxy colours from images taken under different seeing conditions.
Methods. The method involves two ingredients. First we define the Gaussian-aperture-and-PSF flux, which is the Gaussian-weighted flux a galaxy would have if it were observed with a Gaussian PSF. This theoretical aperture flux is independent of the PSF or pixel scale that the galaxy was observed with. Second we develop a procedure for measuring such a “GaaP” flux from observed, pixellated images. This involves modelling source and PSF as a superposition of orthogonal shapelets. A correction scheme is also described that approximately corrects for any residuals to the shapelet expansions.
Results. A series of tests on simulated images shows that it is possible with this method to reduce systematic errors in the matched-aperture fluxes to the level of one percent, which makes it useful for deriving photometric redshifts from large imaging surveys.
Key words: techniques: image processing / methods: data analysis / techniques: photometric / galaxies: fundamental parameters
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