Eureka!: An End-to-End Pipeline for JWST Time-Series Observations

Taylor J. Bell, Eva-Maria Ahrer, Jonathan Brande, Aarynn L. Carter, Adina D. Feinstein, Giannina Guzman Caloca, Megan Mansfield, Sebastian Zieba, Caroline Piaulet, Björn Benneke, Joseph Filippazzo, Erin M. May, Pierre-Alexis Roy, Laura Kreidberg, Kevin B. Stevenson

Submitted on 7 July 2022


Eureka! is a data reduction and analysis pipeline for exoplanet time-series observations, with a particular focus on James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) data. The goal of Eureka! is to provide an end-to-end pipeline that starts with raw, uncalibrated FITS files and ultimately yields precise exoplanet transmission and/or emission spectra. The pipeline has a modular structure with six stages, and each stage uses a "Eureka! Control File" (ECF; these files use the .ecf file extension) to allow for easy control of the pipeline's behavior. Stage 5 also uses a "Eureka! Parameter File" (EPF; these files use the .epf file extension) to control the fitted parameters. We provide template ECFs for the MIRI, NIRCam, NIRISS, and NIRSpec instruments on JWST and the WFC3 instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). These templates give users a good starting point for their analyses, but Eureka! is not intended to be used as a black-box tool, and users should expect to fine-tune some settings for each observation in order to achieve optimal results. At each stage, the pipeline creates intermediate figures and outputs that allow users to compare Eureka!'s performance using different parameter settings or to compare Eureka! with an independent pipeline. The ECF used to run each stage is also copied into the output folder from each stage to enhance reproducibility. Finally, while Eureka! has been optimized for exoplanet observations (especially the latter stages of the code), much of the core functionality could also be repurposed for JWST time-series observations in other research domains thanks to Eureka!'s modularity.


Comment: 5 pages, 1 figure, submitted to JOSS

Subjects: Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics; Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics