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Paper: A High Throughput Photometric Pipeline
Volume: 238, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems X
Page: 306
Authors: Reid, M. L.; Sullivan, D. J.; Dodd, R. J.
Abstract: The advent of large format CCD detectors in projects measuring time-critical astrophysical phenomena has resulted in an explosion in data generation rates. The current generation of gravitational microlensing and all-sky surveys have, on an ad-hoc basis, developed data processing software which currently meets their needs. However, the next generation of these projects will require faster, more advanced software to manage the data flow. As part of the Japanese/New Zealand microlensing collaboration, MOA (Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics), a software pipeline has been developed with the intention of being highly scalable, automated, portable, flexible, and robust. The core of the system is built around a high performance object database optimised for time series work and flexible reduction software that can use the PSF fitting packages DoPHOT and DAOphot II, as well as the ISIS Optimal Imaging Subtraction software. Evolution of the software has made it suitable for general purpose astronomical photometric reduction. This paper provides an overview of the software system.
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