Spurious frequencies in the Kepler short cadence data


We present our search for artifacts in the Kepler short cadence data using a commonly known Fourier technique. We analyzed data on a monthly basis searching for a possible correlation between artifacts and the events attributed to the spacecraft as potential sources of the spurious frequencies. We defined a peak to be an artifact if it shows in at least two, yet preferentially most of the stars, during a given month. Besides the commonly known "long cadence comb" we found a periodic appearance of another two combs, one single artifact and very strange wide artifacts roaming between 10 c/d and 35 c/d. These artifacts evolve on a yearly basis (four of Kepler's rolls) and we may only speculate that their sources are in the reaction wheels since they are the only moving parts, or temperature variation. The orientation of the spacecraft is likely excluded from the possible sources. More resources are needed to provide a definite explanation of the artifacts.


Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science

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Methods: Data analysis, Space vehicles: Instruments

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Acta Astronomica