BOLOCAM GPS Archive
The Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey (BGPS) is a 1.1 mm continuum survey of the Galactic
Plane made using Bolocam
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
Millimeter-wavelength thermal dust emission reveals the repositories of the densest
molecular gas, ranging in scale from cores to whole clouds. By pinpointing these
regions, the connection of this gas to nascent and ongoing star formation may be explored.
The BGPS coverage totals 170 square degrees (with 33" FWHM effective resolution). The
survey is contiguous over the range -10.5 ≤ l ≤ 90.5, |b| ≤ 0.5. Towards the Cygnus
X spiral arm, the coverage was flared to |b| ≤ 1.5 for 75.5 ≤ l ≤ 87.5. In addition,
cross-cuts to |b| ≤ 1.5 were made at l = 3, 15, 30 and 31. The total area of this
section is 133 square degrees. With the exception of the increase in latitude, no
pre-selection criteria were applied to the coverage in this region. In addition to
the contiguous region, four targeted regions in the outer Galaxy were observed:
IC1396 (9 square degrees, 97.5 ≤ l ≤ 100.5,
2.25 ≤ l ≤ 5.25), a region towards the Perseus Arm (4 square
degrees centered on l = 111, b=0 near NGC7538), W3/4/5 (18 square
degrees, 132.5 ≤ l ≤ 138.5) and Gem OB1 (6 square degrees,
187.5 ≤ l ≤ 193.5). The survey has detected approximately 8,400 sources, to an
rms noise level in the maps ranging from 30 to 60 mJy beam-1
. The BGPS
survey and catalog provide an important database for sub/millimeter observations
with the Herschel Space Observatory, ALMA, SCUBA-2, APEX, and others.
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The Version 2.1
release (hereafter v2) of the BGPS data includes images and a catalog. It is described in Ginsburg et al (2013).
The new images have improved fidelity and more uniform noise. The fields include all those in the original v1 release and some new data. There are new fields included in the BGPS v2 release, primarily in the outer galaxy but including some expansions in the inner galaxy. These include M17, IRAS 22172, a significant expansion in l and b around the l=110 region, Mon R2, NGC 2264, parts of the Orion A and B clouds, Sharpless 235, and scattered IRAS+CO selected fields at longitude 119, 123, 126, 129, 154, 169, 181, 182, 195, 201, and 217. IRSA provides a coverage map.
There is a new catalog associated with the v2 images. The sources were extracted using Bolocat with parameters set in the same way as for the v1 catalog. There are many sources in v1 that are not in v2 and vice-versa. These discrepancies occur primarily for faint sources with low signal-to-noise. Objects in both catalogs are likely to be real since catalog parameters were selected to minimize false positives. Changing the quality of the images and the structure of the noise highlights some new objects and obscures others. The v2 catalog has about a 75% overlap with the v1 catalog. The differences are explored in more detail in
Ginsburg et al (2013).
The flux calibration offset identified in the version 1 data is now understood. The version 2 data are brighter, on average, by approximately a factor 1.5, but the factor varies from source to source. The v2 catalog should be used instead of the v1 catalog. The source of the error was the incorrect application of a flux calibration solution.
noted a 4.7 arcsecond offset between the BGPS v1 catalog and the ATLASGAL catalog. We believe this is caused by an offset of that magnitude (~3-4 arcseconds) in a few fields that have an inordinate number of sources extracted; the pointing accuracy in the vast majority of the BGPS fields, based on a comparison to Herschel Hi-Gal images, is better than 4 arcseconds, but the mean offset is within 2 arcseconds of zero.
The Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
operated by Caltech under a contract from the NSF. We would like to acknowledge the
staff and day crew of the CSO for their assistance over the many years of this project.
The BGPS team:
James Aguirre, John Bally, Cara Battersby, Eric Todd Bradley, Richard Chamberlin, Claudia Cyganowski, Darren Dowell, Meredith Drosback,
Miranda Dunham, Timothy Ellsworth-Bowers, Neal Evans, Adam Ginsburg, Jason Glenn, Paul Harvey, Manuel Merello, Erik Rosolowsky,
Wayne Schlingman, Yancy Shirley, Guy Stringfellow, Josh Walawender, and Jonathan Williams
For additional information on the BGPS data, please contact Adam Ginsburg
The BGPS project is supported by the National Science Foundation
through NSF grant AST-0708403. J.A. was supported by a Jansky Fellowship
from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The first
observing runs for BGPS were supported by travel funds provided by NRAO.
Team support was provided in part by NSF grant AST-0607793 to the
University of Texas at Austin.
The Bolocam team:
Peter A.R. Ade, Mihail Amarie, James J. Bock, Samantha F. Edgington,
Jason Glenn, Alexey Goldin, Sunil Golwala, Douglas Haig,
Andrew E. Lange, Glenn Laurent, Philip D. Mauskopf,
Minhee Yun, and Hien Nguyen
Support for the development of Bolocam was provided by NSF grants
AST-9980846 and AST-0206158.