Vol 19, No 3

A deep learning approach for detecting candidates of supernova remnants

Wei Liu, Meng Zhu, Cong Dai, Bing-Yi Wang, Kang Wu, Xian-Chuan Yu, Wen-Wu Tian, Meng-Fei Zhang, Hong-Feng Wang


Abstract Detecting supernova remnant (SNR) candidates in the interstellar medium is a challenging task because SNRs have weak radio signals and irregular shapes. The use of a convolutional neural network is a deep learning method that can help us extract various features from images. To extract SNRs from astronomical images and estimate the positions of SNR candidates, we design the SNR-Net model composed of a training component and a detection component. In addition, transfer learning is used to initialize the network parameters, which improves the speed and accuracy of network training. We apply a T-T plot (of the different brightness temperatures of map pixels at two different frequencies) to calculate the spectral index of SNR candidates. To accelerate the scientific computing process, we take advantage of innovative hardware architecture, such as deep learning optimized graphics processing units, which increases the speed of computation by a factor of 5. A case study suggests that SNR-Net may be applicable to detecting extended sources in the images automatically.


Keywords methods: data analysis — techniques: image processing — stars: fundamental parameters

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