Tuesday, May 21, 2013

1007.1149 (G. Hurier et al.)

MILCA, a Modified Internal Linear Combination Algorithm to extract astrophysical emissions from multi-frequency sky maps    [PDF]

G. Hurier, J. F. Macias-Perez, S. R. Hildebrandt
The analysis of current Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiments is based on the interpretation of multi-frequency sky maps in terms of different astrophysical components and it requires specifically tailored component separation algorithms. In this context, Internal Linear Combination (ILC) methods have been extensively used to extract the CMB emission from the WMAP multi-frequency data. We present here a Modified Internal Linear Component Algorithm (MILCA) that generalizes the ILC approach to the case of multiple astrophysical components for which the electromagnetic spectrum is known. In addition MILCA corrects for the intrinsic noise bias in the standard ILC approach and extends it to an hybrid space-frequency representation of the data. It also allows us to use external templates to minimize the contribution of extra components but still using only a linear combination of the input data. We apply MILCA to simulations of the Planck satellite data at the HFI frequency bands. We explore the possibility of reconstructing the Galactic molecular CO emission on the Planck maps as well as the thermal Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect. We conclude that MILCA is able to accurately estimate those emissions and it has been successfully used for this purpose within the Planck collaboration.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1007.1149

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