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8 August 2016 High-contrast imaging in the cloud with klipReduce and Findr
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Astronomical data sets are growing ever larger, and the area of high contrast imaging of exoplanets is no exception. With the advent of fast, low-noise detectors operating at 10 to 1000 Hz, huge numbers of images can be taken during a single hours-long observation. High frame rates offer several advantages, such as improved registration, frame selection, and improved speckle calibration. However, advanced image processing algorithms are computationally challenging to apply. Here we describe a parallelized, cloud-based data reduction system developed for the Magellan Adaptive Optics VisAO camera, which is capable of rapidly exploring tens of thousands of parameter sets affecting the Karhunen-Loève image processing (KLIP) algorithm to produce high-quality direct images of exoplanets. We demonstrate these capabilities with a visible wavelength high contrast data set of a hydrogen-accreting brown dwarf companion.
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Asher Haug-Baltzell, Jared R. Males, Katie M. Morzinski, Ya-Lin Wu, Nirav Merchant, Eric Lyons, and Laird M. Close "High-contrast imaging in the cloud with klipReduce and Findr", Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99130F (8 August 2016);

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