Calibrations of LSST camera and telescope systems

David Burke, Tim Axelrod, Chuck Claver, James Frank, John Geary, Kirk Gilmorel, Zeljko Ivezic, Victor Krabbendam, David Monet, Paul O'Connor, John Oliver, Ed Olszewski, Philip Pinto, Abhijit Saha, Chris Smith, Christopher Stubbs, Peter Takacs, Anthony Tyson

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Science studies made by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will reach systematic limits in nearly all cases. Requirements for accurate photometric measurements are particularly challenging. Advantage will be taken of the rapid cadence and pace of the LSST survey to use celestial sources to monitor stability and uniformity of photometric data. A new technique using a tunable laser is being developed to calibrate the wavelength dependence of the total telescope and camera system throughput. Spectroscopic measurements of atmospheric extinction and emission will be made continuously to allow the broad-band optical flux observed in the instrument to be corrected to flux at the top of the atmosphere. Calibrations with celestial sources will be compared to instrumental and atmospheric calibrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Telescopes
StatePublished - 2006
EventGround-based and Airborne Telescopes - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 24 2006May 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6267 I
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherGround-based and Airborne Telescopes
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Calibration
  • LSST
  • Photometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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