Vol 12, No 4

Relative flux calibration for the Guoshoujing Telescope (LAMOST)

Yi-Han Song, A-Li Luo, Georges Comte, Zhong-Rui Bai, Jian-Nan Zhang, Wei Du, Hao-Tong Zhang, Jian-Jun Chen, Fang Zuo, Yong-Heng Zhao


Abstract This paper presents a relative flux calibration method for the Guoshoujing Telescope (LAMOST), which may be applied to connect a blue spectrum to a red spectrum to build the whole spectrum across the total wavelength range (3700 ~ 9000 Å). In each spectrograph, we estimate the effective temperatures of selected stars using a grid of spectral line indices in the blue spectral range and a comparison with stellar atmosphere models. For each spectrograph, stars of types A and F are selected as pseudo-standard stars, and the theoretical spectra are used to calibrate both the blue (3700 ~ 5900 Å) and red spectrograph arms (5700 ~ 9000 Å). Then the spectral response function for these pseudo-standard stars could be used to correct the raw spectra provided by the other fibers of the spectrograph, after a fiber efficiency function has been derived from twilight flat-field exposures. A key problem in this method is the fitting of a pseudo stellar continuum, so we also give a detailed description of this step. The method is tested by comparing a small sample of LAMOST spectra calibrated in this way on stars also observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The result shows that the Teff estimation and relative flux calibration method are adequate.


Keywords techniques: spectroscopic — calibration: methods:data analysis

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