LSST Tutorials for Experimental Particle Physicists
February 1-2, 2006
WHAT: A set of tutorials aimed at an audience of experimental
particle physicists (EEP) who are interested in or committed to the
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope as their next experiment. The
speakers ranged from experts to fellow EPP-types who are one step ahead
in a particular area.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2006: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed
by no-host group dinner.
February 2, 2006: 8:30a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by
weekly astro seminar
at 4:15 p.m.
SCHEDULE OF TUTORIALS:
Wednesday afternoon, Feb 1, 1 - 5 p.m.
LSST design choices: Kirk Gilmore, SLAC
Back-of-the-envelope astronomy and cosmology: Steve Kahn, Stanford/ SLAC
Gravitational lensing -- an overview: Jason Rhodes, Caltech/JPL
Contributions to the point spread function -- LSST simulations: John
Thursday morning, Feb 2, 8:30 - noon.
Observing through the atmosphere: Atmospheric models, seeing,
wavefronts, and adaptive-active optics: David Burke, SLAC
Analyzing images I: calibration, sky subtraction, drizzling: Marusa
Analyzing images II: finding and measuring objects in an image: Chris
Roat, UC Davis
Thursday afternoon, Feb 2, 1 - 4 p.m.
Analyzing images III: photometry: Phil Marshall, KIPAC
Statistics in cosmology: David Kirkby, UC Irvine
"Panel of Experts" to answer our questions about LSST design issues,
science issues, schedule, funding, competing proposals, ...
Thursday afternoon, Feb 2, 4:15 p.m.
Seminar -- Mike Jarvis, U of Pennsylvania
These tutorials were organized by:
Klaus Honsheid and
Useful references at an appropriate Level for non-experts:
1. Lecture notes from a course given by Gary Bernstein at U Penn in
503--Astronomical Methods and Instrumentation
Note from Gary: "No warrantees are offered on my course notes(!). But
I would like to know of errors that are found."
2. Excellent write-up of lectures from the
Advanced Course on Gravitational Lensing.
Authors are Peter Schneider, Chris Kochanek and Joe Wambsganss. These
lectures were delivered in 2003, but the write-ups include references
from 2004. There are separate chapters on introduction to gravitational
lensing and cosmology, strong lensing, weak lensing and microlensing.
3. Modern introductory textbook on cosmology at the advanced
"Introduction to Cosmology" (2003), Addison Wesley, by Barbara Ryden.
4. Modern textbook on cosmology at the graduate level:
"Modern Cosmology" (2003), Academic Press, by Scott Dodelson.
Chapter 11 discusses data analysis for CMB and large-scale structure.
See reviews of this
Weak Lensing, David Wittman
Weak lensing review at the first-year graduate student level.
6. Ned Wright's Cosmology Tutorial:
If you're not already aware of it, check out the
NASA Astrophysics Data System
-- the approximate analog of "Spires" in EPP.
The relevant section of the eprint archive
You may want to check out the Cosmo
Coffee discussion forum.
International Astronomy Meetings List is a good way to keep track of
Astronomical Data (a sampling)
NED: NASA IPAC
NVO: National Virtual Observatory
MAST: Multimission Archive at
Canadian Astronomy Data Centre
SDSS: Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Data Release 4
Webpages for File Formats and Software used in Optical Astronomy
Transport System (FITS):
ds9 for displaying
(SExtractor) for object detection and measurement (building a catalouge
of objects from an image):
IRAF (Image Reduction and Analysis
library of C and Fortran subroutines for reading and writing data files
in EITS data format):
(converts FITS files to Root files for analysis in Root):
Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Catalog Archive Server (CAS):
Useful (and oft-quoted) References
KSB algorithm: "A Method for Weak Lensing Observations", Nick Kaiser,
Gordon Squires, Tom Broadhurst, The Astrophysical Journal 449, 460
The NFW profile for dark matter halos: "A Universal Density Profile
from Hierarchical Clustering", Julio Navarro, Carlos Frenk, Simon White,
The Astrophysical Journal 490, 493 (1997)
BPZ: "Bayesian Photometric Redshift Estimation", Narciso Benitez, The
Astrophysical Journal 536, 571 (2000)
References that appeared in tutorials:
METHODS FOR CORRECTING ELLIPTICITIES TO MEASURE SHEAR (FROM CHRIS ROAT'S
TUTORIAL AND MIKE JARVIS' SEMINAR):
See the Shear
Testing Programme (STEP) for "a collaborative project to improve the
accuracy and reliability of all weak gravitational lensing measurements
in preparation for the next generation of wide-field surveys."
"A Method for Weak Lensing Observations", Nick Kaiser, Gordon
Squires, Tom Broadhurst, ApJ 449, 460 (1995).
"Shapes, Shears, Stars, and Smears: Optimal Measurements for Weak
Lensing", Michael Jarvis and Gary Bernstein, ApJ 123, 583 (2002).
"Shapelets - I. A method for image analysis", Alexandre Refregier,
MNRAS 338, 35 (2003).
"Shear calibration biases in weak-lensing surveys" (re-
Gaussianization method), Hirata C. M., Seljak U., MNRAS 343, 459 (2003).
"Observation of Small Scale Structure using Sextupole Lensing", John
Irwin and Marina Shmakova, astro-ph/0504200, to be published in ApJ.
MultiFit, Chris Roat
Jarvis et al., ApJ 125, 1014 (2003).
Jarvis and Jain, astro-ph/0412234.
Jarvis et al., astro-ph/0502243.
Jain, Jarvis and Bernstein, astro-ph/0510231
INFERRING STATISTICAL PROPERTIES OF A GAUSSIAN RANDOM FIELD
FROM A SET OF OBSERVED OBJECTS (REFERENCES FROM DAVID KIRKBY'S TUTORIAL)
"On the Spatial Correlations of Abell Clusters", Nick Kaiser, ApJ
284, L9 (1984).
"The Statistics of Peaks of Gaussian Random Fields", Bardeen, Bond,
Kaiser, Szalay (BBKS), ApJ 304, 15 (1986).
"Likelihood Analysis of Galaxy Surveys", Dodelson, Hui, Jaffe, astro-
Davis M. & Peebles P. J. E., ApJ 267, 465 (1983).
Hamilton A. J. S., ApJ 417, 19 (1993).
Landy S. D. & Szalay A., ApJ 412, 64 (1993).
ATMOSPHERIC EFFECTS (REFERENCE FROM DAVID BURKE'S TUTORIAL)
"The effect of Atmospheric Turbulence in Optical Astronomy", F.
Roddier, 1981, in Progress in Optics, ed. E. Wolf (North-Holland
Publishing Company, Amsterdam) Vol. 19, pp. 281-376
DRIZZLING (REFERENCE FROM MARUSA BRADAC'S TUTORIAL)
"Drizzle: A Method for the Linear Reconstruction of Undersampled
Images", A. S. Fruchter and R. N. Hook, Publications of the Astronomical
Society of the Pacific 114, 144 (2002).
REFERENCES FROM JASON RHODES TUTORIAL
STEP, Heymans et al. (2005) astro-ph/1506112 (contains references to
most "methods" papers).
Review by Refregier, ARA&A 41, 645 (2003).
Review by Schneider, astro-ph/0509252
Cross Correlation Cosmography, Bernstein and Jain, Ap.J. 600, 17
Cross Correlation Cosmography, Jain and Taylor, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91,
Bispectrum, Takada and Jain, MNRAS 348, 897 (2004) and MNRAS 344, 857
Photometric Redshifts, Ma, Hu and Huterer, Ap.J. 636, 21 (2006).
If there are references that you have found particularly useful, please
send them to Pat Burchat and
we will add them to the list.