The Automated Photometry Of Transients (AutoPhOT) pipeline

7 Jan 2022  ·  S. J. Brennan, M. Fraser ·

We present the Automated Photometry Of Transients (AutoPhOT) package, a novel automated pipeline that is designed for rapid, publication-quality photometry of astronomical transients. AutoPhOT is built from the ground up using Python 3 - with no dependencies on legacy software. Capabilities of AutoPhOT include aperture and point-spread-function photometry, template subtraction, and calculation of limiting magnitudes through artificial source injection. AutoPhOT is also capable of calibrating photometry against either survey catalogues, or using a custom set of local photometric standards, and is designed primarily for ground-based optical and infrared images. We show that both aperture and point-spread-function photometry from AutoPhOT is consistent with commonly used software, for example DAOPHOT, and also demonstrate that AutoPhOT can reproduce published light curves for a selection of transients with minimal human intervention.

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