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Contribution of bright extragalactic radio sources to microwave anisotropy

  • Sokasian, Aaron
  • Gawiser, Eric
  • Smoot, George F.
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1998
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We estimate the contribution of extragalactic radio sources to fluctuations in sky temperature over the range of frequencies (10-300 GHz) used for Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) anisotropy measurements. CMB anisotropy observations at high resolution and low frequencies are especially sensitive to this foreground. We have compiled a catalog of 2207 bright radio sources, including 758 sources with flux measurements at 90 GHz. We develop a method to extrapolate the source spectra and predict skymaps of extragalactic radio sources at instrument resolutions of 10 arcmin to 10 degrees FWHM. Our results indicate that the brightest sources will dominate microwave anisotropy for a wide range of resolutions and frequencies. Our skymaps predict the location and flux of the brightest radio sources at each frequency, making it straightforward to develop a template for masking the pixels containing them. This masking should be sufficient to protect high resolution CMB anisotropy observations from unacceptable radio source confusion.

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