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Spectral Irradiance Calibration in the Infrared XI: Comparison of Α Bootis and 1 Ceres with a Laboratory Standard

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Author(s)

F C. Witteborn, M L. Cohen, J D. Bregman, D Wooden, K Heere, Eric L. Shirley

Abstract

Infrared spectra of two celestial objects frequently used as flux standards are calibrated against an absolute laboratory flux standard at a spectral resolving power of 100 to 200. The spectrum of the K1.5 III star, alpha Boo is measured from 3 to 30 m, and that of the C-type asteroid, 1 Ceres, from 5 to 30 m. While these standard spectra do not have the apparent precision of those based on calculated models, they do not require the assumptions involved in theoretical models of stars and asteroids. Specifically, they provide a model-independent means of calibrating celestial flux in the spectral range from 12 to 30 m, where accurate absolute photometry is not available. The agreement found between the spectral shapes of α Boo and Ceres based on laboratory standards and those based on observed ratios to α CMa (Sirius) and α Lyr (Vega), flux-calibrated by theoretical modeling of these hot stars, strengthens our confidence in the applicability of the stellar models as primary irradiance standards.
Citation
The Astrophysical Journal
Volume
117

Keywords

1 Ceres, absolute calibration, diffraction, infrared, α Boo

Citation

Witteborn, F. , Cohen, M. , Bregman, J. , Wooden, D. , Heere, K. and Shirley, E. (1999), Spectral Irradiance Calibration in the Infrared XI: Comparison of Α Bootis and 1 Ceres with a Laboratory Standard, The Astrophysical Journal (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created April 30, 1999, Updated October 12, 2021