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Title: CHORIZOS: A χ2 Code for Parameterized Modeling and Characterization of Photometry and Spectrophotometry
Authors: Maíz-Apellániz, Jesús
Affiliation: Maíz-Apellániz, Jesús: Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218
Publication: The Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Volume 116, Issue 823, pp. 859-875.
Date: 09/2004
Keywords: Galaxies: Star Clusters; Methods: Data Analysis; Methods: Numerical; Methods: Statistical; Stars: Fundamental Parameters; Techniques: Photometric; Astrophysics
DOI: 10.1086/424021
ADS: 2004PASP..116..859M  [Bibtex entry]


We have developed CHi-square cOde for parameterRized modeling and characterIZation of phOtometry and Spectrophotmetry (CHORIZOS). CHORIZOS can use up to two intrinsic free parameters (e.g., temperature and gravity for stars, type and redshift for galaxies, or age and metallicity for stellar clusters) and two extrinsic parameters (amount and type of extinction). The code uses χ2 minimization to find all models compatible with the observed data in the model N-dimensional (N=1, 2, 3, 4) parameter space. CHORIZOS can use either correlated or uncorrelated colors as input and is specially designed to identify possible parameter degeneracies and multiple solutions. The code is written in IDL and is available to the astronomical community. Here we present the techniques used, test the code, apply it to a few well-known astronomical problems, and suggest possible applications. As a first scientific result from CHORIZOS, we confirm from photometry the need for a revised temperature-spectral type scale for OB stars previously derived from spectroscopy.

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