Spitzer Documentation & Tools

Purpose: Synthesizes images of debris disks based on the Kelsall et al. 1998 model of the COBE DIRBE infrared background using an adaptive-mesh type algorithm.

Author: M. Kuchner (Princeton)
Date Contributed 17 Mar 2005
System Requirements: IDL

Information and Download

Download from Mark Kuchner's webpage. This page also contains all of the information required to run ZODIPIC.

As a default, ZODIPIC creates an image of the solar zodiacal cloud as seen from 10 pc, but it contains many parameters that are tweakable from the command line, making it a handy general-purpose model for optically-thin debris disks that yields both accurate images and photometric information simultaneously. The latest version can compute images as seen through a linear polarizer.