Small-scale cosmic microwave background observations at 8.4 GHz

R. Bruce Partridge, Eric A. Richards, Edward B. Fomalont, K. I. Kellerman, Rogier Windhorst

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We have used the Very Large Array (VLA) of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at 8.44 GHz to image a ∼40 arcmin2 field with an uprecedented rms sensitivity of 1.5 μJy. After correcting for the effects of discrete foreground radio sources, we examined this most sensitive microwave image of the sky for fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background radiation (CBR). At the 6″ resolution of our VLA map, ΔT/T ≈ (0.7 ±0.8) × 10-4, with an upper limit of 1.3 × 10-4 at 95% confidence. At 1′ resolution, we measure a fluctuation amplitude of ΔT/T = (1.2 ± 1.4) × 10-5. We also report on our observations of the linear and circular polarization of the CBR for which we derive upper limits (at 95% confidence) of ΔT/T ≤ 1.1 × 10-5 and ΔT/T ≤ 1.6 × 10-5, respectively, on an angular scale of 1′.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-50
Number of pages13
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART I
StatePublished - 1997


  • Cosmic microwave background
  • Cosmology: observations
  • Radio continuum: general

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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