Astrophysical Information from Objective Prism Digitized Images: Classification with an Artificial Neural Network
© Bratsolis 2005
Received: 28 May 2004
Published: 14 September 2005
Stellar spectral classification is not only a tool for labeling individual stars but is also useful in studies of stellar population synthesis. Extracting the physical quantities from the digitized spectral plates involves three main stages: detection, extraction, and classification of spectra. Low-dispersion objective prism images have been used and automated methods have been developed. The detection and extraction problems have been presented in previous works. In this paper, we present a classification method based on an artificial neural network (ANN). We make a brief presentation of the entire automated system and we compare the new classification method with the previously used method of maximum correlation coefficient (MCC). Digitized photographic material has been used here. The method can also be used on CCD spectral images.