3 years ago

Contrast sensitivities in the Gaia Data Release 2.

Alexis Brandeker, Gianni Cataldi

The source detection sensitivity of Gaia is reduced near sources. To characterise this contrast sensitivity is important for understanding the completeness of the Gaia data products, in particular when evaluating source confusion in less well resolved surveys, such as in photometric monitoring for transits. Here, we statistically evaluate the catalog source density to determine the Gaia Data Release 2 source detection sensitivity as a function of angular separation and brightness ratio from a bright source. The contrast sensitivity from 0.4 arcsec out to 12 arcsec ranges in DG = 0-14 mag. We find the derived contrast sensitivity to be robust with respect to target brightness, colour, source density, and Gaia scan coverage.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1811.05301

DOI: arXiv:1811.05301v1

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