Error estimation for the MAP experiment

S. Prunet, R. Teyssier, S. T. Scully, F. R. Bouchet, R. Gispert

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We report here the first full sky component separation and CMB power spectrum estimation using a Wiener filtering technique on simulated data from the upcoming MAP experiment, set to launch in early 2001. The simulations included contributions from the three dominant astrophysical components expected in the five MAP spectral bands, namely CMB radiation, Galactic dust, and synchrotron emission. We assumed a simple homogeneous and isotropic white noise model and performed our analysis up to a spherical harmonic multipole ℓmax = 512 on the fraction of the sky defined by |b| > 20°. We find that the reconstruction errors are reasonably well fitted by a Gaussian with an rms of 24 μK, but with significant deviations in the tails. Our results further support the predictions on the resulting CMB power spectrum of a previous estimate by Bouchet & Gispert (1999), which entailed a number of assumptions this work removes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L13-L16
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Cosmic microwave background
  • Methods: data analysis


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