Realistic synthetic observations from radiative transfer models

Christine Koepferl, Thomas Robitaille

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


When modeling young stars and star-forming regions throughout the Galaxy, it is important to correctly treat the limitations of the data such as finite resolution and sensitivity. In order to study these effects, and to make radiative transfer models directly comparable to real observations, we have developed a Python package that allows post-processing the output of the 3-d Monte Carlo Radiative Transfer code HYPERION (Robitaille 2011 A&A 536, A79, see poster 2S001). With this package, realistic synthetic observations can be generated, modeling the effects of convolution with arbitrary PSFs, transmission curves, finite pixel resolution, noise and reddening. Pipelines can be written to compute synthetic observations that simulate observatories such as the Spitzer Space Telescope or the Herschel Space Observatory. In this poster we describe the package and present examples of such synthetic observations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
EventProtostars and Planets VI - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: 15 Jul 201320 Jul 2013


ConferenceProtostars and Planets VI


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