AstroimageJ: Image Processing And Photometric Extraction For Ultra-Precise Astronomical Light Curves

Collins, Karen A. and Kielkopf, John F. and Stassun, Keivan G. and Hessman, Frederic V. (2017) AstroimageJ: Image Processing And Photometric Extraction For Ultra-Precise Astronomical Light Curves. The Astronomical Journal, 153 (77). pp. 1-13.


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Official URL: doi:10.3847/1538-3881/153/2/77


ImageJ is a graphical user interface (GUI) driven, public domain, Java-based, software package for general image processing traditionally used mainly in life sciences fields. The image processing capabilities of ImageJ are useful and extendable to other scientific fields. Here we present AstroImageJ (AIJ), which provides an astronomy specific image display environment and tools for astronomy specific image calibration and data reduction. Although AIJ maintains the general purpose image processing capabilities of ImageJ, AIJ is streamlined for time-series differential photometry, light curve detrending and fitting, and light curve plotting, especially for applications requiring ultra-precise light curves (e.g., exoplanet transits). AIJ reads and writes standard Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) files, as well as other common image formats, provides FITS header viewing and editing, and is World Coordinate System aware, including an automated interface to the web portal for plate solving images. AIJ provides research grade image calibration and analysis tools with a GUI driven approach, and easily installed cross-platform compatibility. It enables new users, even at the level of undergraduate student, high school student, or amateur astronomer, to quickly start processing, modeling, and plotting astronomical image data with one tightly integrated software package.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 13 May 2017 00:12
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:03

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