Blast observations of the south ecliptic pole field: Number counts and source catalogs

Elisabetta Valiante, Peter A.R. Ade, James J. Bock, Filiberto G. Braglia, Edward L. Chapin, Mark J. Devlin, Matthew Griffin, Joshua O. Gundersen, Mark Halpern, Peter C. HargraveHargrave, David H. Hughes, Jeff Klein, Gaelen Marsden, Philip Mauskopf, Calvin B. Netterfield, Luca Olmi, Enzo Pascale, Guillaume Patanchon, Marie Rex, Douglas ScottKimberly Scott, Christopher Semisch, Hans Stabenau, Nicholas Thomas, Matthew D.P. Truch, Carole Tucker, Gregory S. Tucker, Marco P. Viero

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We present results from a survey carried out by the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST) on a 9 deg2 field near the South Ecliptic Pole at 250, 350, and 500μm. The median 1s depths of the maps are 36.0, 26.4, and 18.4mJy, respectively. We apply a statistical method to estimate submillimeter galaxy number counts and find that they are in agreement with other measurements made with the same instrument and with the more recent results from Herschel/SPIRE. Thanks to the large field observed, the new measurements give additional constraints on the bright end of the counts.We identify 132, 89, and 61 sources with S/N ≥ 4 at 250, 350, 500μm, respectively and provide a multi-wavelength combined catalog of 232 sources with a significance ≥ 4σ in at least one BLAST band. The new BLAST maps and catalogs are available publicly at

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-231
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cosmology: observations
  • Galaxies: statistics
  • Methods: data analysis
  • Submillimeter: galaxies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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