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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

Astrophysical Information from Objective Prism Digitized Images: Classification with an Artificial Neural Network

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:296545

  • Received: 28 May 2004
  • Published:


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.

Keywords and phrases

  • objective prism stellar spectra
  • classification
  • artificial neural network

Authors’ Affiliations

Département Traitement du Signal et des Images, École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, 46 rue Barrault, Paris, 75013, France
Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Department of Physics, University of Athens, Athens, 15784, Greece


© Bratsolis 2005