Particle Physics Seminar

"Improved Point Source Detection in Crowded Fields using Probabilistic Cataloguing"

Presented by Stephen Portillo, Harvard University

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 11:00 am — Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Cataloging is challenging in crowded fields because sources are extremely covariant with their neighbors and blending makes even the number of sources ambiguous. We present the first optical probabilistic stellar catalogue, cataloguing a crowded (~0.1 sources per pixel) SDSS r band image from M2. We show that our probabilistic catalogue goes more than a magnitude deeper than the DAOPHOT while having a lower false discovery rate brighter than 20th magnitude. We detail our efforts to speed up the method and extend it to galaxies, making probabilistic cataloguing applicable to the data that will be collected in the LSST era.

Hosted by: Erin Sheldon

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