Five-year wilkinson microwave anisotropy probe observations: Beam maps and window functions

R. S. Hill, J. L. Weiland, N. Odegard, E. Wollack, G. Hinshaw, D. Larson, C. L. Bennett, M. Halpern, L. Page, J. Dunkley, B. Gold, N. Jarosik, A. Kogut, M. Limon, M. R. Nolta, D. N. Spergel, G. S. Tucker, E. L. Wright

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Cosmology and other scientific results from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) mission require an accurate knowledge of the beam patterns in flight. While the degree of beam knowledge for the WMAP oneyear and three-year results was unprecedented for a CMB experiment, we have significantly improved the beam determination as part of the five-year data release. Physical optics fits are done on both the A and the B sides for the first time. The cutoff scale of the fitted distortions on the primary mirror is reduced by a factor of ∼ 2 from previous analyses. These changes enable an improvement in the hybridization of Jupiter data with beam models, which is optimized with respect to error in the main beam solid angle. An increase in main-beam solid angle of ∼ 1 % is found for the V2 and W1-W4 differencing assemblies. Although the five-year results are statistically consistent with previous ones, the errors in the five-year beam transfer functions are reduced by a factor of ∼ 2 as compared to the three-year analysis. We present radiometry of the planet Jupiter as a test of the beam consistency and as a calibration standard; for an individual differencing assembly, errors in the measured disk temperature are ∼ 0.5%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-264
Number of pages19
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Cosmic microwave background
  • Planets and satellites: individual (jupiter, mars, saturn)
  • Space vehicles: instruments
  • Telescopes


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