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The Palomar Transient Factory

Nugent, Peter and Cao, Yi and Kasliwal, Mansi (2015) The Palomar Transient Factory. In: Visualization and Data Analysis. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9397. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 939702. ISBN 978-1-62841-487-5.

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Astrophysics is transforming from a data-starved to a data-swamped discipline, fundamentally changing the nature of scientific inquiry and discovery. New technologies are enabling the detection, transmission, and storage of data of hitherto unimaginable quantity and quality across the electromagnetic, gravity and particle spectra. The observational data obtained during this decade alone will supersede everything accumulated over the preceding four thousand years of astronomy. Currently there are 4 large-scale photometric and spectroscopic surveys underway, each generating and/or utilizing hundreds of terabytes of data per year. Some will focus on the static universe while others will greatly expand our knowledge of transient phenomena. Maximizing the science from these programs requires integrating the processing pipeline with high-performance computing resources. These are coupled to large astrophysics databases while making use of machine learning algorithms with near real-time turnaround. Here we present an overview of one of these programs, the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF). We will cover the processing and discovery pipeline we developed at LBNL and NERSC for it and several of the great discoveries made during the 4 years of observations with PTF.

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Nugent, Peter0000-0002-3389-0586
Cao, Yi0000-0002-8036-8491
Kasliwal, Mansi0000-0002-5619-4938
Additional Information:© 2015 SPIE.
Group:Palomar Transient Factory
Subject Keywords:Image Processing; Transient Detection; Machine Learning; Workflows
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:9397
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20150410-084837190
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Official Citation:Peter Nugent ; Yi Cao and Mansi Kasliwal " The Palomar transient factory ", Proc. SPIE 9397, Visualization and Data Analysis 2015, 939702 (February 8, 2015); doi:10.1117/12.2085383;
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:10 Apr 2015 16:00
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