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A.1 Introduction to all available spectral catalogs


Both observed and synthetic spectra are available to synphot users. Table A.1 summarizes the contents, access mode, and status of the available catalogs.

The first three columns contain, respectively, the catalog reference, the type of objects, and whether the spectra are models or observed.

Column 4 provides the sample syntax for accessing these spectra: in some cases, a filename must be provided, and in others, use of the synphot function cat or icat can be used. These functions allow access by specifying model parameters (effective temperature, metallicity, log gravity); the difference between the cat() and icat() functions is that cat() selects the spectrum closest matching the specified parameters while icat() interpolates between models that bracket the specified parameters.

The icat task can give incorrect results without warning if it is used at the edges of the defined grid of models. See the relevant section below for the available ranges for each atlas, and exercise caution when selecting a value near one of the extremes.

Column 5 indicates whether the catalog is recommended or deprecated, with an alternative recommended in the case of deprecated catalogs. A blank entry in this column indicates that there may be more recent catalogs available in the literature which have not been incorporated into the synphot catalog set. Deprecated catalogs remain available to guarantee work continuity and to make comparison checks between older and newer spectra available.


Table A.1: Summary of all Spectra Available in Synphot and Related Information. See text for details.
Spectra Set Object Type Model or Observed Access Status
HST Calibration Spectra Stars Observed crcalspec$zzzzzz_nnn.fits Recommended
Castelli and Kurucz 2003, 2004 Stars Model icat(ck04models,t,m,g) Recommended
Pickles 1998 Stars Observed crgrid$pickles/dat_uvi/pickles_nnnn.fits (or dat_uvk) Recommended
Kinney and Calzetti Galaxies Observed crgridkc96$xxxx_template.fits
AGN atlas AGNs Observed crgridagn$xxxx_template.fits
Galactic Atlas Various Observed crgridgalactic$zzzz_template.fits
Kurucz 1993 Stars Model icat(k93models, t,m,g) Deprecated/ Use Castelli and Kurucz instead
Bruzual 1977 Stars Model crgridbz77$bz_nn.fits Deprecated/ Use Pickles 1998 instead
Gunn and Stryker 1983 Stars Observed crgridgs$gs_nn.fits Deprecated/ Use Pickles 1998 instead
Bruzual et al 1979-1983 Stars Observed crgridbz77$bz_nn.fits Deprecated/ Use Pickles 1998 instead
Jacoby, Hunter and Christian 1984 Stars Observed crgridjac$jc_nn.fits Deprecated/ Use Pickles 1998 instead
Buser and Kurucz 1979 Stars Model crgridbk$bk_?nnnn.fits , where ? is one of (a,b,c,d,m,s) Deprecated/ Use Pickles 1998 instead
Bruzual and Charlot 1995 Galaxies Model crgridbc95$templates/bc95_x_XXXX.fits Deprecated/ Use GISSEL and Starburst99


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