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Paper: Simulating CCD Images of Elliptical Galaxies
Volume: 374, From Stars to Galaxies: Building the Pieces to Build Up the Universe
Page: 403
Authors: Cantiello, M.; Raimondo, G.; Brocato, E.; Blakeslee, J.P.; Capaccioli, M.
Abstract: We introduce a procedure developed by the “Teramo Stellar Populations Tools” group (Teramo-SPoT), specifically optimized to obtain realistic simulations of CCD images of elliptical galaxies.

Particular attention is devoted to include the Surface Brightness Fluctuation (SBF) signal observed in ellipticals and to simulate the Globular Cluster (GC) system in the galaxy, and the distribution of background galaxies present in real CCD frames. In addition to the physical properties of the simulated objects - galaxy distance and brightness profile, luminosity function of GC and background galaxies, etc. - the tool presented allows the user to set some of the main instrumental properties - FoV, zero point magnitude, exposure time, etc.

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