Avoiding the Geometric Boundary Effect in Shear Measurement

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Haoran Wang, Jun Zhang, Hekun Li, Zhi Shen

In image processing, source detections are inevitably affected by the presence of the geometric boundaries in the images, including the physical boundaries of the CCD, and the boundaries of masked regions due to column defects, bright diffraction spikes, etc.. These boundary conditions make the source detection process not statistically isotropic. It can lead to additive shear bias near the boundaries. We build a phenomenological model to understand the bias, and propose a simple method to effectively eliminate the influence of geometric boundaries on shear measurement. We demonstrate the accuracy and efficiency of this method using both simulations and the z-band imaging data from the third data release of the DECam Legacy Survey.


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