We develop a new photometry algorithm that is optimized for the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) Spitzer time series in crowded fields and that is particularly adapted to faint or heavily blended targets. We apply this to the 170 targets from the 2015 Spitzer microlensing campaign and present the results of three variants of this algorithm in an online catalog. We present detailed accounts of the application of this algorithm to two difficult cases, one very faint and the other very crowded. Several of Spitzer's instrumental characteristics that drive the specific features of this algorithm are shared by Kepler and WFIRST, implying that these features may prove to be a useful starting point for algorithms designed for microlensing campaigns by these other missions.
The Astrophysical Journal
- Pub Date:
- December 2015
- gravitational lensing: micro;
- techniques: photometric;
- Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
- accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement, online catalog available at http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/Spitzer2015/