TitleThe VLITE Post-Processing Pipeline
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsRichards, E, Clarke, T, Peters, W, Polisensky, E, Kassim, N
Conference NameAAS Meeting #231
Date Published01/2018
PublisherAmerican Astronomical Society

A post-processing pipeline to adaptively extract and catalog point sources is being developed to enhance the scientific value and accessibility of data products generated by the VLA Low-band Ionosphere and Transient Experiment (VLITE; ) on the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA). In contrast to other radio sky surveys, the commensal observing mode of VLITE results in varying depths, sensitivities, and spatial resolutions across the sky based on the configuration of the VLA, location on the sky, and time on source specified by the primary observer for their independent science objectives. Therefore, previously developed tools and methods for generating source catalogs and survey statistics are not always appropriate for VLITE's diverse and growing set of data. A raw catalog of point sources extracted from every VLITE image will be created from source fit parameters stored in a queryable database. Point sources will be measured using the Python Blob Detector and Source Finder software (PyBDSF; Mohan & Rafferty 2015). Sources in the raw catalog will be associated with previous VLITE detections in a resolution- and sensitivity-dependent manner, and cross-matched to other radio sky surveys to aid in the detection of transient and variable sources. Final data products will include separate, tiered point source catalogs grouped by sensitivity limit and spatial resolution.