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The Pan-STARRS1 Photometric System

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Author(s)

J. L. Tonry, Christopher W. Stubbs, Keith R. Lykke, Peter Doherty, I. S. Shivvers, W. S. Burgett, K. C. Chambers, K. W. Hodapp, N. Kaiser, R -. Kudritzki, E. A. Magnier, J. S. Morgan, P. A. Price, R. J. Wainscoat

Abstract

The Pan-STARRS1 survey is collecting multi-epoch, multi-color observations of the sky north of declination −30 to unprecedented depths. These data are being photometrically and astrometrically calibrated and will serve as a reference for many other purposes. In this paper we present our determination of the Pan-STARRS1 photometric system: gP1, rP1, iP1, zP1, yP1, and wP1. The Pan-STARRS1 photometric system is fundamentally based on the HST Calspec spectrophotometric observations, which in turn are fundamentally based on models of white dwarf atmospheres. We define the Pan-STARRS1 magnitude system, and describe in detail our measurement of the system passbands, including both the instrumental sensitivity and atmospheric transmission functions. Byproducts, including transformations to other photometric systems, galactic extinction, and stellar locus are also provided. We close with a discussion of remaining systematic errors.
Citation
Astrophysical Journal
Volume
750

Keywords

ASTROPHYSICAL CALIBRATION, ASTRONOMICAL SURVEY, RADIOMETRY

Citation

Tonry, J. , Stubbs, C. , Lykke, K. , Doherty, P. , Shivvers, I. , Burgett, W. , Chambers, K. , Hodapp, K. , Kaiser, N. , Kudritzki, R. , Magnier, E. , Morgan, J. , Price, P. and Wainscoat, R. (2012), The Pan-STARRS1 Photometric System, Astrophysical Journal (Accessed February 24, 2024)
Created May 9, 2012, Updated October 12, 2021