Removing aliases in time-series photometry

D. Kramer, M. Gowanlock, D. Trilling, A. McNeill, N. Erasmus

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Ground-based, all-sky astronomical surveys are imposed with an inevitable day–night cadence that can introduce aliases in period-finding methods. We examined four different methods — three from the literature and a new one that we developed — that remove aliases to improve the accuracy of period-finding algorithms. We investigate the effectiveness of these methods in decreasing the fraction of aliased period solutions by applying them to the ZTF and the SSPDB asteroid datasets. We find that the VanderPlas method had the worst accuracy for each survey. The mask and our newly proposed window method yields the highest accuracy when averaged across both datasets. However, the Monte Carlo method had the highest accuracy for the ZTF dataset, while for SSPDB, it had lower accuracy than the baseline where none of these methods are applied. Where possible, detailed de-aliasing studies should be carried out for every survey with a unique cadence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100711
JournalAstronomy and Computing
StatePublished - Jul 2023


  • Aliasing
  • LSST
  • Light curves
  • Lomb–Scargle
  • Time series
  • ZTF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Space and Planetary Science


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