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Publication details for Dr Nigel Metcalfe

Metcalfe, N., Farrow, D. J., Cole, S., Draper, P. W., Norberg, P., Burgett, W. S., Chambers, K. C., Denneau, L., Flewelling, H., Kaiser, N., Kudritzki, R., Magnier, E. A., Morgan, J. S., Price, P. A., Sweeney, W., Tonry, J. L., Wainscoat, R. J. & Waters, C. (2013). The Pan-STARRS1 Small Area Survey 2. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 435(3): 1825-1839.

Author(s) from Durham


The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System 1 (Pan-STARRS1) survey is acquiring multi-epoch imaging in five bands (gP1, rP1, iP1, zP1, yP1) over the entire sky north of declination −30° (the 3π survey). In 2011 July a test area of about 70 deg2 was observed to the expected final depth of the main survey. In this, the first of a series of papers targeting the galaxy count and clustering properties of the combined multi-epoch test area data, we present a detailed investigation into the depth of the survey and the reliability of the Pan-STARRS1 analysis software. We show that the Pan-STARRS1 reduction software can recover the properties of fake sources, and show good agreement between the magnitudes measured by Pan-STARRS1 and those from Sloan Digital Sky Survey. We also examine the number of false detections apparent in the Pan-STARRS1 data. Our comparisons show that the test area survey is somewhat deeper than the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in all bands, and, in particular, the z band approaches the depth of the stacked Sloan Stripe 82 data.