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ARES v2: new features and improved performance

S. G. Sousa, N. C. Santos, V. Zh. Adibekyan, E. Delgado Mena, G. Israelian

Abstract
Aims. We present a new upgraded version of ARES. The new version includes a series of interesting new features such as automatic radial velocity correction, a fully automatic continuum determination, and an estimation of the errors for the equivalent widths.
Methods.
The automatic correction of the radial velocity is achieved with a simple cross-correlation function, and the automatic continuum determination, as well as the estimation of the errors, relies on a new approach to evaluating the spectral noise at the continuum level.
Results.
ARES v2 is totally compatible with its predecessor. We show that the fully automatic continuum determination is consistent with the previous methods applied for this task. It also presents a significant improvement on its performance thanks to the implementation of a parallel computation using the OpenMP library.

Keywords
techniques: spectroscopic, methods: data analysis, stars: solar-type, stars: abundances

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume 577, Page A67
April 2015

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