Improved data reduction for far-infrared/submillimeter polarimetry

L. Kirby, Jacqueline Davidson, J.L. Dotson, C.D. Dowell, R.H. Hildebrand

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    Abstract

    Fluctuations in atmospheric emission introduce noise and systematic errors into measurements of polarization at far- infrared and submillimeter wavelengths. We describe a new analysis method that corrects for the bias and reduces the errors caused by the fluctuations. The method exploits repeated observations of a source and is especially effective on faint sources for which the polarized flux is on the same order as the atmospheric fluctuations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)991-995
    JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    Volume117
    Issue number835
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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