Volume 544, August 2012
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||19 July 2012|
A fast empirical method for galaxy shape measurements in weak lensing surveys
Laboratoire d’Astrophysique, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
(EPFL), Observatoire de Sauverny,
2 SUPA, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, UK
Received: 26 March 2012
Accepted: 20 June 2012
We describe a simple and fast method to correct ellipticity measurements of galaxies from the distortion by the instrumental and atmospheric point spread function (PSF), in view of weak lensing shear measurements. The method performs a classification of galaxies and associated PSFs according to measured shape parameters, and corrects the measured galaxy ellipticites by querying a large lookup table (LUT), built by supervised learning. We have applied this new method to the GREAT10 image analysis challenge, and present in this paper a refined solution that obtains the competitive quality factor of Q = 104, without any shear power spectrum denoising or training. Of particular interest is the efficiency of the method, with a processing time below 3 ms per galaxy on an ordinary CPU.
Key words: gravitational lensing: weak / methods: data analysis
© ESO, 2012
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