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See detailA deconvolution-based algorithm for crowded field photometry with unknown point spread function
Magain, Pierre ULg; Courbin, F.; Gillon, Michaël ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 461

A new method is presented for determining the point spread function (PSF) of images that lack bright and isolated stars. It is based on the same principles as the MCS image deconvolution algorithm. It ... [more ▼]

A new method is presented for determining the point spread function (PSF) of images that lack bright and isolated stars. It is based on the same principles as the MCS image deconvolution algorithm. It uses the information contained in all stellar images to achieve the double task of reconstructing the PSFs for single or multiple exposures of the same field and to extract the photometry of all point sources in the field of view. The use of the full information available allows us to construct an accurate PSF. The possibility to simultaneously consider several exposures makes it well suited to the measurement of the light curves of blended point sources from data that would be very difficult or even impossible to analyse with traditional PSF fitting techniques. The potential of the method for the analysis of ground-based and space-based data is tested on artificial images and illustrated by several examples, including HST/NICMOS images of a lensed quasar and VLT/ISAAC images of a faint blended Mira star in the halo of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 5128 (Cen A). [less ▲]

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See detailDeconvolution of HST images of the Cloverleaf gravitational lens - Detection of the lensing galaxy and a partial Einstein ring
Chantry, Virginie ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 470(2), 467-473

Archival HST/NICMOS-2 images of the Cloverleaf gravitational lens ( H1413+ 117), a quadruply-imaged quasar, were analysed with a new method derived from the MCS deconvolution algorithm (Magain et al. 1998 ... [more ▼]

Archival HST/NICMOS-2 images of the Cloverleaf gravitational lens ( H1413+ 117), a quadruply-imaged quasar, were analysed with a new method derived from the MCS deconvolution algorithm (Magain et al. 1998). This method is based on an iterative process which simultaneously allows us to determine the Point Spread Function ( PSF) and to perform a deconvolution of images containing several point sources plus extended structures. As such, it is well-adapted to the processing of gravitational lens images, especially in the case of multiply-imaged quasars. Two sets of data were analysed: the first one, which was obtained through the F160W filter in 1997, basically corresponds to a continuum image, while the second one, obtained through the narrower F180M filter in 2003, is centered around the forbidden [OIII] emission lines at the source redshift, thus probing the narrow-line region of the quasar. The deconvolution gives astrometric and photometric measurements in both filters and reveals the primary lensing galaxy as well as a partial Einstein ring. The high accuracy of the results is particularly important in order to model the lensing system and to reconstruct the source undergoing the strong lensing. The reliability of the method is checked on a synthetic image similar to H1413+117. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh precision photometry in crowded stellar fields
Magain, Pierre ULg; Courbin, Frédéric; Gillon, Michaël ULg et al

in SPIE Newsroom (2006)

A deconvolution-based method which allows to derive high-precision photometry of stars in crowded fields, proves very useful for a variety of astronomical projects, including transit searches for ... [more ▼]

A deconvolution-based method which allows to derive high-precision photometry of stars in crowded fields, proves very useful for a variety of astronomical projects, including transit searches for extrasolar planets. [less ▲]

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