The Exoplanet Characterization ToolKit (ExoCTK) Releases Version 1.1 with Improved Capabilities
The Exoplanet Characterization ToolKit (ExoCTK) version 1.1 has just been released through a suite of web-based services and the associated Python package. The toolkit was developed to aid observers planning JWST transiting exoplanetary observations, and has now been adopted as part of the STScI-supported JWST Observer proposal planning tools.
This release includes new documentation in the form of JDox articles, as well as improved versions of:
- The Phase Constraint Calculator — for crafting APT special requirements for transiting exoplanets. The tool is also able to handle secondary eclipses.
- Contamination & Visibility Calculator — for estimating contamination from nearby stars in slitless observing modes.
- The Groups & Integrations Calculator — for optimizing the number of groups and integrations for a given transiting exoplanetary system.
- Forward Modeling tools — for extracting model transmission spectra.
- A Limb Darkening Calculator — for retrieving limb-darkening coefficients to use in transit lightcurve modelling.
Users who have version 1.0 of the ExoCTK Python package installed and wish to update to version 1.1 should also download the newest data packages associated with the release. Information on this and other instructions for installing the package can be found in the ExoCTK Github repository and its associated ReadTheDocs documentation.
Finally, ExoCTK also hosts PandExo, the Exoplanet ETC. This version includes usability improvements to the user interface.