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AOTA. Asteroidal Occultation Time Analyser. AOTA is in Occult 4.1.0.14. a nd looks like:. Aim. Create an alternative tool to analyse asteroidal occultation light curves Focus on measuring the D and R events independently Handle Limovie & Tangra files

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Aota

AOTA

Asteroidal Occultation Time Analyser


Aota is in occult 4 1 0 14

AOTA is in Occult 4.1.0.14


A nd looks like

and looks like:


Aota

Aim

  • Create an alternative tool to analyse asteroidal occultation light curves

  • Focus on measuring the D and R events independently

  • Handle Limovie & Tangra files

  • Handle output from integrating cameras

  • Clear presentation of what is ‘going on’

  • User friendliness & simplicity – as much as possible!


Basic methodology

Basic methodology

  • Putative events identified using cross-correlation analysis

  • D and R events analysed by fitting a test light curve of varying transition duration, using a χ2 best fit analysis

  • Uncertainties determined using a Monte Carlo analysis, with noise applied to the test light curve


An interesting issue

An interesting issue

Cross-correlation function & event times

The value of the cross-correlation function has a small dependency on the ratio of the occultation duration to the test signal length.

 cross-correlation function is not ideal for identifying precise event times.


Event identification

Event identification

  • Test signal extends for the entire recording duration

  • Sets a minimum cross-correlation level for a possible event

  • Look for symmetric triangle, straight sides, sharp apex, peak above orange region at bottom, and light curve flat across the bottom.


Symmetric triangle with straight sides sharp apex flat light curve at bottom see 5 orange bars

Symmetric triangle with straight sides, sharp apex, flat light curve at bottom (see 5 orange bars)


Aota

Cloud event – asymmetric, non-straight sides, no sharp apex, light curve at bottom not flat (see orange bars)


Can overlay comparison stars

Can overlay comparison stars

  • Note how the green line drops at the same time as the cloud event, but not for the occultation


Can identify up to 5 putative events

Can identify up to 5 putative events

  • Each event can be separately analysed


Final plot showing fitted light curve and uncertainties

Final plot showing fitted light curve and uncertainties


Some events have two discrete possibilities

Some events have two discrete possibilities

Dunham-Agamemnon


Accuracy visible via 2 curves

Accuracy visible via χ2 curves

Well-defined event

  • Small uncertainty on the ‘-’ side, large on the ‘+’ side

  • Poorly-defined event


True gradual events have a rise and fall in the plot of 2

True gradual events have a rise and fall in the plot of χ2


Output values

Output values

The AOTA output is:

  • Event ‘time’ and uncertainty in frames

  • Values of 0.5 arise only with transitions extending an even number of frames

  • Sub-frame calculations not done.

  • Conversion to time not implemented. Many issues to deal with – such as camera and VTI characteristics


Detailed help file provided with step by step instructions and guidance on interpretation

Detailed Help file provided, with step-by-step instructions and guidance on interpretation


Future developments

Future developments

  • Possibility of adding functionality to convert event frames to event times

  • Tangra to interface directly with AOTA – so that the AOTA functionality is directly available when an event is measured with Tangra

  • Enhancements - driven by user feedback!


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