Documentation

Summary

TESS Observatory Guide Schlieder et al., 2017 (v1.1)
A description of the TESS observatory and science mission Ricker et al., 2015
TESS science yield predictions Sullivan et al., 2015
TESS Input Catalog and Candidate Target List Stassun et al., 2017
TESS Science Processing Operations Center (SPOC) pipeline Jenkins et al., 2016

TESS Observatory Guide

A number of documents have been created to describe the TESS mission. We recommend that users start with the TESS Observatory Guide. This guide serves two purposes. The first is to provide a comprehensive description of the TESS observatory design, operations, and capabilities. The second is to provide potential Guest Investigator (GI) proposers detailed information regarding the TESS GI program. This includes descriptions of GI program procedures, services, and tools.

TESS project papers

A description of the TESS observatory and science mission: Ricker et al., 2015, JATIS, 1, 014003

TESS science yield predictions: Sullivan et al., 2015, ApJ, 809, 77 and erratum

TESS Input Catalog and Candidate Target List description: Stassun et al., 2017, eprint arXiv:1706.00495

A full list of TESS-related articles can be found under Publications

Data processing papers

The TESS Science Processing Operations Center (SPOC) at NASA Ames Research Center is developing a TESS data processing pipeline that will generate calibrated pixels and light curves, search for periodic transit events, and generate validation products for the transit-like features in the light curves. All TESS SPOC data products will be archived to the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST).

A description of the SPOC pipeline can be found here: Jenkins et al., 2016. A PDF version of the article can be downloaded here provided acknowledgement of the full SPIE citation: Jenkins et al. 2016. "The TESS science processing operations center", Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99133E (August 8, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2233418

The SPOC pipeline is based on the Kepler Science Processing Pipeline which is documented here, and references therein.