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The Murchison Widefield Array Commissioning Survey: A Low-Frequency Catalogue of 14 110 Compact Radio Sources over 6 100 Square Degrees

Natasha Hurley-Walker, John Morgan, Randall B Wayth, Paul J Hancock, Martin E Bell, Gianni Bernardi, Ramesh Bhat, Frank Briggs, Avinash A Deshpande, Aaron Ewall-Wice, Lu Feng, Bryna J Hazelton, Luke Hindson, Daniel C Jacobs, David L Kaplan, Nadia Kudryavtseva, Emil Lenc, Benjamin McKinley, Daniel Mitchell, Bart Pindor Show all

Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2014


We present the results of an approximately 6 100 deg 104-196 MHz radio sky survey performed with the Murchison Widefield Array during instrument commissioning between 2012 September and 2012 December: the MWACS. The data were taken as meridian drift scans with two different 32-antenna sub-arrays that were available during the commissioning period. The survey covers approximately 20.5 h < RA < 8.5 h,-58° < Dec <-14°over three frequency bands centred on 119, 150 and 180 MHz, with image resolutions of 6-3 arcmin. The catalogue has 3 arcmin angular resolution and a typical noise level of 40 mJy beam , with reduced sensitivity near the field boundaries and bright sources. We describe the data re..

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Awarded by U.S. National Science Foundation

Awarded by Australian Research Council (LIEF grants)

Awarded by U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Awarded by Centre for All-sky Astrophysics (an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence)

Funding Acknowledgements

This scientific work makes use of the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, operated by CSIRO. We acknowledge the Wajarri Yamatji people as the traditional owners of the Observatory site. Support for the MWA comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation (grants AST-0457585, PHY-0835713, CAREER-0847753, and AST-0908884), the Australian Research Council (LIEF grants LE0775621 and LE0882938), the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (grant FA9550-0510247), and the Centre for All-sky Astrophysics (an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence funded by grant CE110001020). Support is also provided by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the MIT School of Science, the Raman Research Institute, the Australian National University, and the Victoria University of Wellington (via grant MED-E1799 from the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development and an IBM Shared University Research Grant). The Australian Federal government provides additional support via the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, Education Investment Fund, and the Australia India Strategic Research Fund, and Astronomy Australia Limited, under contract to Curtin University. We acknowledge the iVEC Petabyte Data Store, the Initiative in Innovative Computing and the CUDA Center for Excellence sponsored by NVIDIA at Harvard University, and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), a Joint Venture of Curtin University and The University of Western Australia, funded by the Western Australian State government. This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.