3 years ago

Extending the Li&Ma method to include PSF information.

M. Nievas Rosillo, J.L. Contreras

The so called Li&Ma formula is still the most frequently used method for estimating the significance of observations carried out by Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes. In this work a straightforward extension of the method for point sources that profits from the good imaging capabilities of current instruments is proposed. It is based on a likelihood ratio under the assumption of a well-known PSF and a smooth background. Its performance is tested with Monte Carlo simulations based on real observations and its sensitivity is compared to standard methods which do not incorporate PSF information. The gain of significance that can be attributed to the inclusion of the PSF is around of 10% and can be boosted if a background model is assumed or a finer binning is used.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1511.07265

DOI: arXiv:1511.07265v3

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