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Polarization of the WMAP point sources

AuthorsLópez-Caniego, M. ; Massardi, Marcella; González-Nuevo, J. ; Lanz, L. F. ; Herranz, D. ; Zotti, G. de; Sanz, J. L.; Argüeso, Francisco
Techniques: image processing
Cosmic microwave background
Radio continuum: galaxies
Issue Date2009
PublisherInstitute of Physics Publishing
American Astronomical Society
CitationAstrophysical Journal 705(1): 868-876 (2009)
AbstractThe detection of polarized sources in the WMAP five-year data is a very difficult task. The maps are dominated by instrumental noise and only a handful of sources show up as clear peaks in the Q and U maps. Optimal linear filters applied at the position of known bright sources detect with a high level of significance a polarized flux P from many more sources, but estimates of P are liable to biases. Using a new technique, named the filtered fusion technique, we have detected in polarization, with a significance level greater than 99.99% in at least one WMAP channel, 22 objects, five of which, however, do not have a plausible low radio frequency counterpart and are therefore doubtful. Estimated polarized fluxes P < 400 mJy at 23 GHz were found to be severely affected by the Eddington bias. The corresponding polarized flux limit for Planck/LFI at 30 GHz, obtained via realistic simulations, is 300 mJy. We have also obtained statistical estimates of, or upper limits to the mean polarization degrees of bright WMAP sources at 23, 33, 41, and 61 GHz, finding that they are of a few percent.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/705/1/868
Identifiersdoi: 10.1088/0004-637X/705/1/868
issn: 0004-637X
e-issn: 1538-4357
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