Wavelength self-calibration and sky subtraction for Fabry–Pérot interferometers: applications to OSIRIS

Weinzirl, T. and Aragón-Salamanca, A. and Bamford, S.P. and Rodríguez del Pino, B. and Gray, M.E. and Chies-Santos, A.L. (2015) Wavelength self-calibration and sky subtraction for Fabry–Pérot interferometers: applications to OSIRIS. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 454 (2). pp. 1387-1392. ISSN 0035-8711

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Abstract

We describe techniques concerning wavelength calibration and sky subtraction to maximize the scientific utility of data from tunable filter instruments. While we specifically address data from the Optical System for Imaging and low Resolution Integrated Spectroscopy instrument (OSIRIS) on the 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias telescope, our discussion is generalizable to data from other tunable filter instruments. A key aspect of our methodology is a coordinate transformation to polar coordinates, which simplifies matters when the tunable filter data are circularly symmetric around the optical centre. First, we present a method for rectifying inaccuracies in the wavelength calibration using OH sky emission rings. Using this technique, we improve the absolute wavelength calibration from an accuracy of ∼5 to 1 Å, equivalent to ∼7 per cent of our instrumental resolution, for 95 per cent of our data. Then, we discuss a new way to estimate the background sky emission by median filtering in polar coordinates. This method suppresses contributions to the sky background from the outer envelopes of distant galaxies, maximizing the fluxes of sources measured in the corresponding sky-subtracted images. We demonstrate for data tuned to a central wavelength of 7615 Å that galaxy fluxes in the new sky-subtracted image are ∼37 per cent higher, versus a sky-subtracted image from existing methods for OSIRIS tunable filter data.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Keywords: instrumentation: interferometers – techniques: imaging spectroscopy – galaxies: clusters: individual: Abell 901/902 – galaxies: distances and redshifts
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: 10.1093/mnras/stv2230
Depositing User: Aragon-salamanca, Alfonso
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2017 09:58
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 10:02
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42047

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