Short photometric analysis of the last night of observations (FXD)

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NIKA observations

First the primary calibrator Uranus is set at 47.2 and 16.4 Jy.

We observe each source at both wavelengths, shown on the maps given below. Contours are at 1,2,3,4,6,8,10 and 12 sigma.

* First we start with a quasar (a true point-source) : 3C345

* Then here are 3 secondary calibrators

* Notice the second source in the NGC7538 field. A discovery? Notice some extended weak features too in other fields. In brackets, the MAMBO value (IRAM report, Lisenfeld et al.).

Fluxes for 3C345 are 1.9579 +- 0.0053, 2.7098 +- 0.0016 Jy (at 1.2 and 2.1 mm)

Fluxes for MWC349 are found as : 1.8551 +- 0.0064 [1.62 +- 0.13], 1.6512 +- 0.0019 Jy

Fluxes are for NGC7538: 9.1976 +- 0.0097 [5.69+-0.48], 4.6906 +- 0.0029 Jy

Fluxes are for W3(OH): 10.8917 +- 0.0091 [6.98+-0.44], 5.4545 +- 0.0022 Jy

These fluxes are systematically too high (by about 30%) with respect to Mambo values. This is probably an issue with beam or Uranus photometry.

Point-source noise measurement

Several scans were done on the faint point source HFLS3, discovered by Riechers et al Nature, April 2013, at the redshift of z=6.337, with these fluxes: S240GHz=15+-0.2mJy, S140=3.2+0.12 PdBI. I selected only 3 Lissajous scans of 5 minutes each (the others may have problems due to the 1mm tuning sensitivity at low opacity): 20, 25, 26 on 20130618. The maps are there (no smoothing, pixel size = 3 arcsec, contours at 1, 2, 3 sigma):

HFLS3 1.2 mm

HFLS3 2.1 mm

The source is clearly detected at both frequencies (in 15 minutes!) with a flux of 12.6 +- 2.2 and 8.4 +-0.5 mJy. The flux is reproducible between the 3 scans (see figure on the right, above). We find a flux in good agreement at 1.2mm with Riechers' value. The flux at 2mm is 2.4 times larger than the PdBI and Gismo value (to be understood, a bandpass issue?). NIKA can detect source at the end of the Epoch of reionization!. The time spent on the source is 78 and 100% of the 15 minutes of integration. The array NEFD is 60.2, 15.7 mJy.s1/2. This is the best NIKA performance achieved at 2mm. The 1mm sensitivity is limited (with respect to Run5) by the additional spectral bandpass filter (see this page) needed to reach the low temperature. The NEFD of the 20 best detectors in each channel is 46.2, and 13.1 mJy.s1/2 (see figures above). Notice that for the 2mm array, higher numdet detectors have a worse sensitivity, an issue that could be solved by an improved electronic power tuning.

18Jun2013 (last edited 2013-06-26 09:43:05 by NikaBolometer)