Volume 627, July 2019
|Number of page(s)||14|
|Section||Numerical methods and codes|
|Published online||10 July 2019|
Fully automated integral field spectrograph pipeline for the SEDMachine: pysedm⋆
Université Clermont Auvergne, CNRS/IN2P3, Laboratoire de Physique de Clermont, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
2 Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
3 Department of Astrophysics/IMAPP, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
4 Caltech Optical Observatories, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
5 Université de Lyon, 69622 Lyon, France
6 Université de Lyon 1, Villeurbanne, France
7 CNRS/IN2P3, Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon, France
8 Institute of Physics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Newtonstr. 15, 124 89 Berlin, Germany
9 The Oskar Klein Centre & Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University, AlbaNova, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Accepted: 23 April 2019
Current time domain facilities are discovering hundreds of new galactic and extra-galactic transients every week. Classifying the ever-increasing number of transients is challenging, yet crucial to furthering our understanding of their nature, discovering new classes, and ensuring sample purity, for instance, for Supernova Ia cosmology. The Zwicky Transient Facility is one example of such a survey. In addition, it has a dedicated very-low resolution spectrograph, the SEDMachine, operating on the Palomar 60-inch telescope. This spectrograph’s primary aim is object classification. In practice most, if not all, transients of interest brighter than ∼19 mag are typed. This corresponds to approximately 10–15 targets a night. In this paper, we present a fully automated pipeline for the SEDMachine. This pipeline has been designed to be fast, robust, stable and extremely flexible. pysedm enables the fully automated spectral extraction of a targeted point source object in less than five minutes after the end of the exposure. The spectral color calibration is accurate at the few percent level. In the 19 weeks since pysedm entered production in early August of 2018, we have classified, among other objects, about 400 Type Ia supernovae and 140 Type II supernovae. We conclude that low resolution, fully automated spectrographs such as the “SEDMachine with pysedm” installed on 2-m class telescopes within the southern hemisphere could allow us to automatically and simultaneously type and obtain a redshift for most (if not all) bright transients detected by LSST within z < 0.2, notably potentially all Type Ia Supernovae. In comparison with the current SEDM design, this would require higher spectral resolution (R ≳ 1000) and slightly improved throughput. With this perspective in mind, pysedm is designed to easily be adaptable to any IFU-like spectrograph.
Key words: instrumentation: spectrographs / methods: observational / techniques: spectroscopic / surveys / methods: data analysis
© M. Rigault et al. 2019
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