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Number Counts, Confusion, Mapping Issues, and Sky Coverage Analysis for Radio Continuum Surveys through Emu Early Science, EMU-ASKAP, and WODAN Especially for Cosmology Science Goals

Authors
  • ur Rahman, Syed Faisal1
  • Iqbal, M. J.1
  • 1 University of Karachi, Institute of Space Science and Technology (ISST), Karachi, Pakistan , Karachi (Pakistan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Astronomy Reports
Publisher
Pleiades Publishing
Publication Date
Jul 03, 2019
Volume
63
Issue
7
Pages
515–526
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1134/S1063772919070072
Source
Springer Nature
License
Yellow

Abstract

In this study, we discuss the challenges radio astronomers face while observing radio continuum sources. We consider issues related to rms noise, confusion, position accuracy, shot noise and how these issues affect observation results, data analysis and the science goals we are trying to achieve. We mainly focus on the Evolutionary Map of the Universe (EMU-ASKAP) sky survey, EMU Early science survey and Westerbork Observations of the Deep APERTIF Northern sky (WODAN). The study will also be useful for future surveys like with possible continuum surveys through MeerKAT (e.g., MIGHTEE) and SKA-1. The late time Integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) effect detection is one of the major areas of research related to dark energy cosmology. We will particularly discuss how technical, data analysis and mapping issues, affect galaxy over/under density dependent science goals like the detection of the late time Integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) effect through wide-field radio continuum surveys.

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