Status Report

EVEREST: Pixel Level Decorrelation of K2 Light curves

By SpaceRef Editor
July 5, 2016
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Rodrigo Luger, Eric Agol, Ethan Kruse, Rory Barnes, Andrew Becker, Daniel Foreman-Mackey, Drake Deming
(Submitted on 2 Jul 2016)

We present EVEREST, an open-source pipeline for removing instrumental noise from K2 light curves. EVEREST employs a variant of pixel level decorrelation (PLD) to remove systematics introduced by the spacecraft’s pointing error and a Gaussian process (GP) to capture astrophysical variability. We apply EVEREST to all K2 targets in campaigns 0-7, yielding light curves with precision comparable to that of the original Kepler mission for stars brighter than Kp≈13, and within a factor of two of the Kepler precision for fainter targets. We perform cross-validation and transit injection and recovery tests to validate the pipeline, and compare our light curves to the other de-trended light curves available for download at the MAST High Level Science Products archive. We find that EVEREST achieves the highest average precision of any of these pipelines for unsaturated K2 stars. The improved precision of these light curves will aid in exoplanet detection and characterization, investigations of stellar variability, asteroseismology, and other photometric studies. The EVEREST pipeline can also easily be applied to future surveys, such as the TESS mission, to correct for instrumental systematics and enable the detection of low signal-to-noise transiting exoplanets. The EVEREST light curves and the source code used to generate them are freely available online.

Comments: 15 pages, 17 figures. Revised version submitted to AJ
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:1607.00524 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1607.00524v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Rodrigo Luger
[v1] Sat, 2 Jul 2016 15:41:43 GMT (3740kb,D)

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