Milky Way Tomography with the SkyMapper Southern Survey. II. Photometric Recalibration of SMSS DR2

Yang Huang, Haibo Yuan, Chengyuan Li, Christian Wolf, Christopher A. Onken, Timothy C. Beers, Luca Casagrande, Dougal Mackey, Gary S. Da Costa, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Dennis Stello, Thomas Nordlander, Yuan Sen Ting, Sven Buder, Sanjib Sharma, Xiaowei Liu

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    We apply the spectroscopy-based stellar-color regression (SCR) method to perform an accurate photometric recalibration of the second data release from the SkyMapper Southern Survey (SMSS DR2). From comparison with a sample of over 200,000 dwarf stars with stellar atmospheric parameters taken from GALAH+ DR3 and with accurate, homogeneous photometry from Gaia DR2, zero-point offsets are detected in the original photometric catalog of SMSS DR2, in particular for the gravity- and metallicity-sensitive uv bands. For the uv bands, the zero-point offsets are close to zero at very low extinction, and then steadily increase with E(B - V), reaching as large as 0.174 and 0.134 mag respectively, at E(B - V) ∼ 0.5 mag. These offsets largely arise from the adopted dust term in the transformations used by SMSS DR2 to construct photometric calibrators from the ATLAS reference catalog. For the gr bands, the zero-point offsets exhibit negligible variations with the E(B - V) of Schlegel et al. due to their tiny coefficients on the dust term in the transformation. Our study also reveals small but significant spatial variations of the zero-point offsets in all uvgr bands. External checks using Strömgren photometry, WD loci, and the SDSS Stripe 82 standard-star catalog independently confirm the zero-points found by our revised SCR method.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number68
    Pages (from-to)1-16
    Number of pages16
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


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