This page describes how to use the search functions available on the LCC-Server.

Light curve collections

The LCC-Server operates on collections of light curves. To see an overview of the collections available, click on the Collections tab:

The LCC server collections overview
The LCC server collections overview

Clicking on a collection's name in the overview map will bring up its entry in the collection information list on the right side of the page. Clicking on any of the headers in this entry will expand the selected entry section. The Search this collection links will bring you to the appropriate search service page tab with this collection loaded and ready to go. The Explore this collection links will launch searches that find objects in the collection based on their variability and other criteria.

Searching for objects

Clicking on any of the search service tabs will bring you to the search interface. Each of the services have their own detailed documentation laying out their input parameters:

An example using the conesearch service is shown below:

The LCC server search interface
The LCC server search interface

All search services follow the same basic scheme:

  1. Choose light curve collections to search in. This step is optional; the LCC server will search all collections by default. To see the available collections and descriptions of their database columns, click on the Collections tab.
  2. Choose columns to retrieve. Object names, RA, Dec, and light curve download links for all matched objects will be returned by default so there is no need to specify them here.
  3. Add database column filters on the matched objects. This step is optional.
  4. Choose the visibility of the search result. This step is optional.
  5. Type in the query coordinates or text as appropriate.

Hitting the search button will start the query immediately. All queries run asynchronously and you will be notified of the progress of and results from your query as it progresses through the execution stages. Clicking on the Queries tab will show the status of your query:

The query status tab
The query status tab

Search results

All queries produce datasets for their search results. By default, all datasets are unlisted, do not show up in the Datasets tab for any user other than yourself, but are accessible by other people if they know the dataset URL.

The recent datasets tab
The recent datasets tab

Other possible dataset visibility states are private and public. Setting the dataset visibility to private ensures that you alone can access the dataset and its contents. Other users will not be able to access the dataset URL or download the dataset products. Setting the dataset visibility to public will allow the dataset to show up in the list of public datasets on the Datasets tab and on the datasets page.