Palomar Transient Factory

Mission Characteristics

Lifetime: Mar 2009 - Dec 2012 Jan 2013 - Feb 2017
Partners: Caltech, LBNL, IPAC, Berkeley, LCOGT, Oxford, Columbia and the Weizmann Institute. IPAC, Caltech, Kavli-IPMU, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oskar Klein Centre, Weizmann Institute of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University System of Taiwan
Description: PTF is a fully-automated, wide-field survey aimed at a systematic exploration of the optical transient sky.
Wavelength: g, R, H-alpha
Area Coverage: approx. 30,000 deg^2
Instruments: 12Kx8K, 7.8 square degree CCD array (CFH12K) re-engineered for the 1.2-m Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory
Canonical Papers: PTF: Law et al. (2009)
Photometric calibrator catalog: Ofek et al. (2012)
Image Processing: Laher et al. (2014)
Miscellaneous: PTF Data Papers
Dates of Major Releases: March 13, 2014: DR1
August 7, 2015: DR2
September 1, 2016: DR3

IRSA Services

Image Service Web browser interface to search for PTF data from all public releases. Data products include g- and R-band single exposures and coadded tiles. Measured photometry is also available in flat files associated with the downloaded image products.
Program Interface Instructions to create scripts to access PTF data products. The available data products are the same as those available from the GUI-based Image Service.
Catalog Query Access the PTF lightcurve table, sources catalog, objects list, and photometric calibrator catalog through IRSA's Catalog Search service.
Time Series Tool Plot time series data, view associated images, find period, and phase fold.
Download Catalog Download the full PTF photometric calibrator catalog (547 MB).

Other Resources

PTF Home Page