The SpeX Prism Library Analysis Toolkit (SPLAT): A Data Curation Model

A. J. Burgasser1* and the SPLAT Development Team
11UC San Diego, M/C 0424, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

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describe our team’s development of the SpeX Prism Library Analysis Toolkit (SPLAT), a combined spectral data repository for over 2500 low-resolution spectra of very low-mass dwarfs (late M, L and T dwarfs), and a Python-based analysis toolkit. SPLAT was constructed through a collaborative, student-centred, research-based model with high school, undergraduate and graduate students and regional K-12 science teachers. The toolkit enables spectral index analysis, classification, spectrophotometry, atmosphere model comparisons, population synthesis, and other analyses. I summarise the current components of this code, sample applications, and future development plans.

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Keywords : astronomical data bases: miscellaneous — stars: low-mass, brown dwarfs— techniques: spectroscopic