.. |quantity| replace:: :class:`~astropy.units.Quantity`
.. _logarithmic_units:
Magnitudes and other Logarithmic Units
**************************************
Magnitudes and logarithmic units such as ``dex`` and ``dB`` are used the
logarithm of values relative to some reference value. Quantities with such
units are supported in ``astropy`` via the :class:`~astropy.units.Magnitude`,
:class:`~astropy.units.Dex`, and :class:`~astropy.units.Decibel` classes.
Creating Logarithmic Quantities
===============================
One can create logarithmic quantities either directly or by multiplication with
a logarithmic unit. For instance::
>>> import astropy.units as u, astropy.constants as c, numpy as np
>>> u.Magnitude(-10.) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
>>> u.Magnitude(10 * u.ct / u.s) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
>>> u.Magnitude(-2.5, "mag(ct/s)") # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
>>> -2.5 * u.mag(u.ct / u.s) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
>>> u.Dex((c.G * u.M_sun / u.R_sun**2).cgs) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
>>> np.linspace(2., 5., 7) * u.Unit("dex(cm/s2)") # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
Above, we make use of the fact that the units ``mag``, ``dex``, and
``dB`` are special in that, when used as functions, they return a
:class:`~astropy.units.function.logarithmic.LogUnit` instance
(:class:`~astropy.units.function.logarithmic.MagUnit`,
:class:`~astropy.units.function.logarithmic.DexUnit`, and
:class:`~astropy.units.function.logarithmic.DecibelUnit`,
respectively). The same happens as required when strings are parsed
by :class:`~astropy.units.Unit`.
As for normal |quantity| objects, one can access the value with the
`~astropy.units.Quantity.value` attribute. In addition, one can convert easily
to a |quantity| with the physical unit using the
`~astropy.units.function.FunctionQuantity.physical` attribute::
>>> logg = 5. * u.dex(u.cm / u.s**2)
>>> logg.value
5.0
>>> logg.physical # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
Converting to different units
=============================
Like |quantity| objects, logarithmic quantities can be converted to different
units, be it another logarithmic unit or a physical one::
>>> logg = 5. * u.dex(u.cm / u.s**2)
>>> logg.to(u.m / u.s**2) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
>>> logg.to('dex(m/s2)') # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
For convenience, the `~astropy.units.function.FunctionQuantity.si` and
`~astropy.units.function.FunctionQuantity.cgs` attributes can be used
to convert the |quantity| to base S.I. or c.g.s units::
>>> logg.si # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
Arithmetic
==========
Addition and subtraction work as expected for logarithmic quantities,
multiplying and dividing the physical units as appropriate. It may be best
seen through an example of a very simple photometric reduction. First,
calculate instrumental magnitudes assuming some count rates for three objects::
>>> tint = 1000.*u.s
>>> cr_b = ([3000., 100., 15.] * u.ct) / tint
>>> cr_v = ([4000., 90., 25.] * u.ct) / tint
>>> b_i, v_i = u.Magnitude(cr_b), u.Magnitude(cr_v)
>>> b_i, v_i # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
(,
)
Then, the instrumental B-V color is simply::
>>> b_i - v_i # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
Note that the physical unit has become dimensionless. The following step might
be used to correct for atmospheric extinction::
>>> atm_ext_b, atm_ext_v = 0.12 * u.mag, 0.08 * u.mag
>>> secz = 1./np.cos(45 * u.deg)
>>> b_i0 = b_i - atm_ext_b * secz
>>> v_i0 = v_i - atm_ext_b * secz
>>> b_i0, v_i0 # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
(,
)
Since the extinction is dimensionless, the units do not change. Now suppose
the first star has a known ST magnitude, so we can calculate zero points::
>>> b_ref, v_ref = 17.2 * u.STmag, 17.0 * u.STmag
>>> b_ref, v_ref # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
(, )
>>> zp_b, zp_v = b_ref - b_i0[0], v_ref - v_i0[0]
>>> zp_b, zp_v # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
(,
)
Here, ``ST`` is a short-hand for the ST zero-point flux::
>>> (0. * u.STmag).to(u.erg/u.s/u.cm**2/u.AA) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
>>> (-21.1 * u.STmag).to(u.erg/u.s/u.cm**2/u.AA) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
.. note:: at present, only magnitudes defined in terms of luminosity or flux
are implemented, since those that do not depend on the filter the
measurement was made with. They include absolute and apparent
bolometric [M15]_, ST [H95]_ and AB [OG83]_ magnitudes.
Now applying the calibration, we find (note the proper change in units)::
>>> B, V = b_i0 + zp_b, v_i0 + zp_v
>>> B, V # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
(,
)
We could convert these magnitudes to another system, e.g., ABMag, using
appropriate equivalency::
>>> V.to(u.ABmag, u.spectral_density(5500.*u.AA)) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
Suppose we also knew the intrinsic color of the first star, then we can
calculate the reddening::
>>> B_V0 = -0.2 * u.mag
>>> EB_V = (B - V)[0] - B_V0
>>> R_V = 3.1
>>> A_V = R_V * EB_V
>>> A_B = (R_V+1) * EB_V
>>> EB_V, A_V, A_B # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
(, , )
Here, one sees that the extinctions have been converted to quantities. This
happens generally for division and multiplication, since these processes
work only for dimensionless magnitudes (otherwise, the physical unit would have
to be raised to some power), and |quantity| objects, unlike logarithmic
quantities, allow units like ``mag / d``.
Note that one can take the automatic unit conversion quite far (perhaps too
far, but it is fun). For instance, suppose we also knew the bolometric
correction and absolute bolometric magnitude, then we can calculate the
distance modulus::
>>> BC_V = -0.3 * (u.m_bol - u.STmag)
>>> M_bol = 5.46 * u.M_bol
>>> DM = V[0] - A_V + BC_V - M_bol
>>> BC_V, M_bol, DM # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
(,
,
)
With a proper equivalency, we can also convert to distance without remembering
the 5-5log rule::
>>> radius_and_inverse_area = [(u.pc, u.pc**-2,
... lambda x: 1./(4.*np.pi*x**2),
... lambda x: np.sqrt(1./(4.*np.pi*x)))]
>>> DM.to(u.pc, equivalencies=radius_and_inverse_area) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
Numpy functions
===============
For logarithmic quantities, most numpy functions and many array methods do not
make sense, hence they are disabled. But one can use those one would expect to
work::
>>> np.max(v_i) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
>>> np.std(v_i) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
.. note:: This is implemented by having a list of supported ufuncs in
``units/function/core.py`` and by explicitly disabling some
array methods in :class:`~astropy.units.function.FunctionQuantity`.
If you believe a function or method is incorrectly treated,
please `let us know `_.
Dimensionless logarithmic quantities
====================================
Dimensionless quantities are treated somewhat specially, in that, if needed,
logarithmic quantities will be converted to normal |quantity| objects with the
appropriate unit of ``mag``, ``dB``, or ``dex``. With this, it is possible to
use composite units like ``mag/d`` or ``dB/m``, which cannot easily be
supported as logarithmic units. For instance::
>>> dBm = u.dB(u.mW)
>>> signal_in, signal_out = 100. * dBm, 50 * dBm
>>> cable_loss = (signal_in - signal_out) / (100. * u.m)
>>> signal_in, signal_out, cable_loss # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
(, , )
>>> better_cable_loss = 0.2 * u.dB / u.m
>>> signal_in - better_cable_loss * 100. * u.m # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP
.. [M15] Mamajek et al., 2015, `arXiv:1510.06262
`_
.. [H95] E.g., Holtzman et al., 1995, `PASP 107, 1065
`_
.. [OG83] Oke, J.B., & Gunn, J. E., 1983, `ApJ 266, 713
`_