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Calibration of LSST instrumental and atmospheric photometric passbands

Abstract : he Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will continuously image the entire sky visible from Cerro Pachon in northern Chile every 3-4 nights throughout the year. The LSST will provide data for a broad range of science investigations that require better than 1% photometric precision across the sky (repeatability and uniformity) and a similar accuracy of measured broadband color. The fast and persistent cadence of the LSST survey will significantly improve the temporal sampling rate with which celestial events and motions are tracked. To achieve these goals, and to optimally utilize the observing calendar, it will be necessary to obtain excellent photometric calibration of data taken over a wide range of observing conditions - even those not normally considered "photometric". To achieve this it will be necessary to routinely and accurately measure the full optical passband that includes the atmosphere as well as the instrumental telescope and camera system. The LSST mountain facility will include a new monochromatic dome illumination projector system to measure the detailed wavelength dependence of the instrumental passband for each channel in the system. The facility will also include an auxiliary spectroscopic telescope dedicated to measurement of atmospheric transparency at all locations in the sky during LSST observing. In this paper, we describe these systems and present laboratoryand observational data that illustrate their performance
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D. L. Burke, T. Axelrod, A. Barrau, S. Baumont, S. Blondin, et al.. Calibration of LSST instrumental and atmospheric photometric passbands. SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010, Jun 2010, San Diego, California, United States. pp.77371D. ⟨in2p3-01061131⟩



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