Iris: SED Analysis Tool

Find, plot, and fit spectral energy distributions (SEDs) with this desktop application.

(version 2.0)

Iris is a downloadable application for analysis of 1-D astronomical Spectral Energy Distributions (SEDs). Iris allows the astronomer to build a SED of a source from multiple, separate data segments or photometric points, gathered from various observatories across a wide spectral range, and fit the aggregate SED with emission and/or absorption spectral models; individual data segments may also be separately analyzed. SED data may be uploaded into the application from IVOA-compliant VOTable and FITS format files, or imported directly from the NASA Extragalactic Database. Data written in unsupported formats may be converted for upload using the SED Importer tool which is bundled with the software. Iris can write SED data files in one of the aforementioned supported file formats, as well as files for restoring custom fitting sessions.

Iris seamlessly combines key features of several existing astronomical software applications to streamline and enhance the SED analysis process; these are Specview for data visualization, Sherpa for spectral model fitting, and the NASA Extragalactic Database (NED) for data access. As this represents the first release of Iris, we strongly encourage you to provide feedback on your experience with the tool by sending your comments, suggestions, and questions to the VAO HelpDesk.

Help & Documentation

User Guide
Video Overview: MOV or YouTube
Video Tutorial: .MOV part 1 / part 2 or YouTube
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