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Kepler Mission Design, Realized Photometric Performance, and Early Science
The Kepler Mission, launched on 2009 March 6, was designed with the explicit capability to detect Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of solar-like stars using the transit photometry method.Expand
Initial Characteristics of Kepler Long Cadence Data for Detecting Transiting Planets
The Kepler Mission seeks to detect Earth-size planets transiting solar-like stars in its ~115?deg2 field of view over the course of its 3.5 year primary mission by monitoring the brightness of eachExpand
The Kepler Mission Science Operations Center (SOC) performs several critical functions including managing the ~156,000 target stars, associated target tables, science data compression tables andExpand
Discovery and Rossiter-Mclaughlin Effect of Exoplanet Kepler-8b
We report on the discovery and the Rossiter-McLaughlin (R-M) effect of Kepler-8b, a transiting planet identified by the NASA Kepler Mission. Kepler photometry and Keck-HIRES radial velocities yieldExpand
The Kepler Mission relies on precise differential photometry to detect the 80 parts per million (ppm) signal from an Earth-Sun equivalent transit. Such precision requires superb instrument stabilityExpand
TrueNorth Ecosystem for Brain-Inspired Computing: Scalable Systems, Software, and Applications
This paper describes the hardware and software ecosystem encompassing the brain-inspired TrueNorth processor – a 70mW reconfigurable silicon chip with 1 million neurons, 256 million synapses, andExpand
Kepler Science Operations Center architecture
The high-performance, parallel computing software modules of the pipeline that perform transit photometry, pixel-level calibration, systematic error correction, attitude determination, stellar target management, and instrument characterization are presented. Expand
Photometric analysis in the Kepler Science Operations Center pipeline
We describe the Photometric Analysis (PA) software component and its context in the Kepler Science Operations Center (SOC) Science Processing Pipeline. The primary tasks of this module are to computeExpand
Data validation in the Kepler Science Operations Center pipeline
The DV strategy for automated validation of Threshold Crossing Events (TCEs) generated in the transiting planet search and its context within the Kepler Science Operations Center (SOC) pipeline and overall Kepler Science mission are discussed. Expand
Photometer performance assessment in Kepler science data processing
  • J. Li, C. Allen, +11 authors Hayley Wu
  • Computer Science, Engineering
  • Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation
  • 16 July 2010
The algorithms of the Photometer Performance Assessment software component in the Kepler Science Operations Center (SOC) Science Processing Pipeline are described, which demonstrates the capability to work effectively with the Kepler flight data. Expand