## WMAP |
## Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy ProbeThe data made available through this page has been updated. The most recent version of this data may be accessed through /product/map/current/ Product Name
Beam Maps
Mission
WMAP
Coord. System
Focal Plane coordinates
Projection Type
Rectilinear, pixelized at 2.4 arcminutes (0.04
^{°})Resolution
0.23
^{°}- 0.93^{°} (frequency dependent)Description The main and near-sidelobe response of each of the 20 WMAP antenna feeds
has been mapped in-flight using observations of Jupiter. The 7-year release
is comprised of 13 Jupiter observing seasons:
For purposes of constructing beam maps, the data in the hybrid beam TOD archive are assigned to 2.4 arcminute bins on a coordinate grid centered on either the A or B-side focal plane axis. The beam response for each feed is computed from the average temperature in each bin. No correction has been made for the side-A vs. side-B input transmission imbalance. These beam maps are convenient for some applications, but are not used in the computation of the flight beam transfer functions. The 2.4 arcminute binning acts as a smoothing kernel which filters high frequency spatial content. The pixelization transfer function may be estimated from the Legendre transform of the symmetrized radial profile of the binning kernel. Assuming a square pixel of 0.04 degrees on a side centered on the origin, the symmetrized radial profile of the binning function may be represented as
Beam maps are provided in 10 FITS image format files, one file for each differencing assembly. Each file contains: - the beam map for the A side, in mK (antenna temperature)
- the statistical error of each bin of the A side beam map, in mK (antenna temperature). The statistical error is based on the number of observations in each bin. Model points are assigned 100% error.
- the beam map for the B side, in mK (antenna temperature)
- the statistical error of each pixel of the B side beam map, in mK (antenna temperature) Model points are assigned 100% error.
The beam coordinates form an equal area rectangular coordinate system centered on the optic axis of the spacecraft. They are related to coordinates theta (elevation from optic axis) and phi (azimuth about optic axis) as follows: - X
_{beam}= 2*sin(theta/2) * cos(phi) - Y
_{beam}= 2*sin(theta/2) * sin(phi)
The "optic axis" of the spacecraft is elevated by 19.5 degrees from the S/C XY plane and lies within the S/C YZ plane. Although this vector is close to the S/C Y axis (+ or - depending on A or B side), it becomes the Z axis of the focal plane coordinate system. For each differencing assembly, an azimuthally symmetrized radial beam profile is computed by binning the ensemble of individual A- and B- side hybridized Jupiter observations. A constant bin size of 0.25 arcmin is used, and the straight mean of all hybrid samples within a radial bin represents the value for that bin. Beam transfer functions are computed from the Legendre transform of the binned hybrid radial beam profile. The window function applicable to power spectra is the square of the beam transfer function. Beam transfer functions are presented as ASCII tables, with the first column being multipole moment l and the second column the transfer function (amplitude) normalized to 1.0 at l=1. ## Additional Information |