Impact of image persistence in the Roman Space Telescope High-Latitude Survey

Journal Article

ABSTRACT The High-Latitude Survey of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is expected to measure the positions and shapes of hundreds of millions of galaxies in an area of 2220 deg2. This survey will provide high-quality weak lensing data with unprecedented systematic control. The Roman Space Telescope will survey the sky in near-infrared (NIR) bands using Teledyne H4RG HgCdTe photodiode arrays. These NIR arrays exhibit an effect called persistence: charges that are trapped in the photodiodes during earlier exposures are gradually released into later exposures, leading to contamination of the images and potentially to errors in measured galaxy properties such as fluxes and shapes. In this work, we use image simulations that incorporate the persistence effect to study its impact on galaxy shape measurements and weak lensing signals. No significant spatial correlations are found between the galaxy shape changes induced by persistence. On the scales of interest for weak lensing cosmology, the effect of persistence on the weak lensing correlation function is about two orders of magnitude lower than the Roman Space Telescope additive shear error budget, indicating that the persistence effect is expected to be a subdominant contributor to the systematic error budget for weak lensing with the Roman Space Telescope given its current design.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lin, C-H; Mandelbaum, R; Troxel, MA; Hirata, CM; Jarvis, M

Published Date

  • April 1, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 512 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 3312 - 3318

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1365-2966

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0035-8711

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/mnras/stac512


  • en