A new approach to multiwavelength associations of astronomical sources

Roseboom, Isaac G, Oliver, Seb, Parkinson, David and Vaccari, Mattia (2009) A new approach to multiwavelength associations of astronomical sources. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 400 (2). pp. 1062-1074. ISSN 00358711

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Abstract

One of the biggest problems faced by current and next-generation astronomical surveys is trying to produce large numbers of accurate cross-identifications across a range of wavelength regimes with varying data quality and positional uncertainty. Until recently, simple spatial 'nearest neighbour' associations have been sufficient for most applications. However as advances in instrumentation allow more sensitive images to be made, the rapid increase in the source density has meant that source confusion across multiple wavelengths is a serious problem. The field of far-IR and sub-mm astronomy has been particularly hampered by such problems. The poor angular resolution of current sub-mm and far-IR instruments is such that in a lot of cases, there are multiple plausible counterparts for each source at other wavelengths. Here we present a new automated method of producing associations between sources at different wavelengths using a combination of spatial and spectral energy distribution information set in a Bayesian framework. Testing of the technique is performed on both simulated catalogues of sources from GaLICS and real data from multiwavelength observations of the Subaru-XMM Deep Field. It is found that a single figure of merit, the Bayes factor, can be effectively used to describe the confidence in the match. Further applications of this technique to future Herschel data sets are discussed

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: Isaac Roseboom
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:01
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 08:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29156

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