Journal article

The Simultaneous Medicina-Planck Experiment: data acquisition, reduction and first results

P Procopio, M Massardi, S Righini, A Zanichelli, S Ricciardi, P Libardi, C Burigana, F Cuttaia, K-H Mack, L Terenzi, F Villa, L Bonavera, G Morgante, C Trigilio, T Trombetti, G Umana

MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2011

Abstract

The Simultaneous Medicina-Planck Experiment (SiMPlE) is aimed at observing a selected sample of 263 extragalactic and Galactic sources with the Medicina 32-m single-dish radio telescope in the same epoch as the Planck satellite observations. The data, acquired with a frequency coverage down to 5GHz and combined with Planck at frequencies above 30GHz, will constitute a useful reference catalogue of bright sources over the whole Northern hemisphere. Furthermore, source observations performed in different epochs and comparisons with other catalogues will allow the investigation of source variabilities on different time-scales. In this work, we describe the sample selection, the ongoing data acq..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge financial support for this research by ASI (ASI/INAF Agreement I/072/09/0 for the Planck LFI activity of Phase E2 and contract I/016/07/0 'COFIS'). Based on observations with the Medicina telescope operated by INAF - Istituto di Radioastronomia. We gratefully thank the staff at the Medicina radio telescope for the valuable support they provide. A particular acknowledgment goes to Andrea Orlati and Alessandro Orfei. We warmly thank Uwe Bach and Alex Kraus of the 100-m Effelsberg telescope of the Max Planck Institut fur Radioastronomie who have provided important feedback on calibrator flux densities prior to publication. It is a pleasure to thank Gianfranco De Zotti, Luigina Feretti and Nazzareno Mandolesi for constructive and stimulating conversations.