Analytic PSF Correction for Gravitational Flexion Studies

Дата и время публикации : 2013-08-28T14:31:22Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Rebecca Sobel Levinson

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Коментарии к cтатье: 46 pages, many figures, Accepted PASP
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO

Краткий обзор статьи: Given a galaxy image, one cannot simply measure its flexion. An image’s spin one and three shape properties, typically associated with F- and G-flexion, are actually complicated functions of the galaxy’s intrinsic shape and the telescope’s PSF, in addition to the lensing properties. The same is true for shear. In this work we create a completely analytic mapping from apparent measured galaxy flexions to gravitational flexions by (1) creating simple models for a lensed galaxy and for a PSF whose distortions are dominated by atmospheric smearing and optical aberrations, (2) convolving the two models, and (3) comparing the pre- and post-convolved flexion-like shape variations of the final image. For completeness, we do the same for shear. As expected, telescope astigmatism, coma, and trefoil can corrupt measurements of shear, F- flexion, and G-flexion, especially for small galaxies. We additionally find that PSF size dilutes the flexion signal more rapidly than the shear signal. Moreover, mixing between shears, flexions, and asymmetric aberrations can create additive offsets in lensing measurements that vary with both galaxy size and galaxy ellipticity and flexion values. But all is not lost; by measuring the patterns, we can correct for them.

Category: Physics