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S-PASS 2.3 GHz Polarization Survey

You are welcome to use the S-PASS data, but the S-PASS team requests that:

  • If you use these data in your work you cite the paper describing the survey: Carretti E, Haverkorn M, Staveley-Smith L, Bernardi G, Gaensler B M, Kesteven M, Poppi S, Brown S, Crocker R, Purcell C R, Schnitzeler D, Sun X, 2019, MNRAS, accepted for publication, arXiv:1903.09420
  • In the acknowledgements section of your work you add the following: This work has made use of S-band Polarisation All Sky Survey (S-PASS) data.

Important Warning:

S-PASS follows the IAU convention on Polarisation Angles (PA), as is used for most astrophysical data.

That means PA is 0 northward (in the coordinate system used) and increases eastward.

However, there are a few data sets and software packages that use a different convention, with PA increasing westward. Examples are WMAP and Planck data, and the HEALPix software package. Passing from one system to the other means simply changing the sign of Stokes U (or the sign of the PA). For more information, see the LAMBDA Polarization Convention page.

To reflect this the S-PASS HEALPix fits file headers contain the keyword POLCCONV = ���IAU'.

The user should bear this in mind when using S-PASS (and most astrophysical data sets) in combination with WMAP and Planck data (and possibly other CMB data sets) or with the HEALPix package.

Recommended download procedure for '.fits' or '.tar.gz' files:
right click on the file name and save. For more information on the use of Dataset IDs,
see the LAMBDA Products Overview.

S-PASS 2.3 GHz Polarization Survey
Description
File Info
File Name
Delivery Date
HEALPix Stokes I map 49 MB
FITS Hdr
spass_dr1_1902_healpix_Tb.i.fits
2019-04-19
HEALPix Stokes Q map 49 MB
FITS Hdr
spass_dr1_1902_healpix_Tb.q.fits
2019-04-19
HEALPix Stokes U map 49 MB
FITS Hdr
spass_dr1_1902_healpix_Tb.u.fits
2019-04-19
HEALPix Sensitivity map (Stokes Q & U) 76 MB
FITS Hdr
spass_dr1_1902_healpix_Tb_sens.fits
2019-04-19
Aitoff Stokes I map 76 MB
FITS Hdr
spass_dr1_1902_ait_Tb.i.fits
2019-04-19
Aitoff Stokes Q map 76 MB
FITS Hdr
spass_dr1_1902_ait_Tb.q.fits
2019-04-19
Aitoff Stokes U map 76 MB
FITS Hdr
spass_dr1_1902_ait_Tb.u.fits
2019-04-19
Aitoff Sensitivity map (Stokes Q & U) 76 MB
FITS Hdr
spass_dr1_1902_ait_Tb_sens.fits
2019-04-19

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