Tuesday, July 23, 2013

1307.5560 (Jürgen Knödlseder et al.)

Towards a common analysis framework for gamma-ray astronomy    [PDF]

Jürgen Knödlseder, Michael Mayer, Christoph Deil, Anneli Schulz, Marie-Hélène Grondin, Pierrick Martin, Sylvie Brau-Nogué, for the CTA Consortium
Thanks to the success of current gamma-ray telescopes (Fermi, H.E.S.S., MAGIC, VERITAS), and in view of the prospects of planned observatories such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) or the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory (HAWC), gamma-ray astronomy is becoming an integral part of modern astrophysical research. Analysis today relies on a large diversity of tools and software frameworks that were specifically and independently developed for each instrument. With the aim of unifying the analysis of gamma-ray data, we are currently developing GammaLib (http://sourceforge.net/projects/gammalib), a C++ library interfaced to Python that provides a framework for an instrument independent analysis of gamma-ray data. On top of GammaLib we have created ctools (http://cta.irap.omp.eu/ctools), a set of analysis executables that is being developed as one of the prototypes for the CTA high-level science analysis framework, but which is equally suited for the analysis of gamma-ray data from the existing Fermi-LAT telescope and current Cherenkov telescope arrays. In particular, ctools and GammaLib provide the novel opportunity of a simultaneous multi-instrument analysis. We present the status of the software development, and illustrate its capabilities with a spectral analysis of the Crab nebula emission over seven decades in energy (1 MeV to 10 TeV) using multi-instrument (COMPTEL, Fermi-LAT, H.E.S.S.) gamma-ray observations as well as a simulation of a CTA observation of the supernova remnant RX J1713.7-3946.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.5560

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