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An Overview of the Palomar Transient Factory Pipeline and Archive at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center

Grillmair, C. J. and Laher, R. and Surace, J. and Mattingly, S. and Hacopians, E. and Jackson, E. and van Eyken, J. and McCollum, B. and Groom, S. and Mi, W. and Teplitz, H. (2010) An Overview of the Palomar Transient Factory Pipeline and Archive at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center. In: Astronomical data analysis software and systems XIX. ASP Conference Series. No.434. Astronomical Society of the Pacific , San Francisco, CA, pp. 28-36. ISBN 978-1-58381-748-3.

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The Palomar Transient Factory is conducting a wide-field, variable-cadence optical survey of the northern sky to detect transient, variable, and moving objects. As a member of the PTF collaboration, the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center has developed an image archive, a high-quality photometry pipeline, and a searchable database of detected astronomical sources. The system is capable of processing and storing 300 Gbytes of data per night over the course of the 5-year survey. With an expected total of ~ 20 billion rows, the table containing sources extracted from PTF images will be among the largest astronomical databases ever created. The survey is efficiently discovering transient sources from asteroids to supernovae, and will inform the development of future sky surveys like that of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

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Additional Information:© 2010 Astronomical Society of the Pacific. We are grateful to Nouhad Hamam, Eran Ofek, Nick Law, Robert Quimby, John Good, and Serge Monkewitz for their many contributions to the design and development of the IPAC PTF pipeline.
Group:Palomar Transient Factory, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
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