Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe
The data made available through this page has been updated. The most recent version of this data may be accessed through /product/map/current/
Simulated Sky Maps
0.23°- 0.93° (frequency dependent)
Simulated sky maps result from processing a simulated differential time-ordered data (TOD) stream through the same calibration and analysis pipeline that is used for the flight data.
Simulated TOD are generated by sampling a model sky using flight-like pointings. The simulation includes:
Once the simulated spacecraft, instrument housekeeping and instrument science packets are generated for the complete 7-year interval, they are then processed in the same manner as flight data to produce yearly simulated sky maps per differencing assembly. The foreground-cleaned simulated sky maps are generated from the raw simulated sky maps by fitting and then removing a Foreground template model, following the method described in Hinshaw, et.al., 2006 and Gold, et.al., 2009. Because the K and Ka maps were used to produce the foreground models, only Q, V, and W band foreground reduced maps were created and delivered to LAMBDA.
Analogous flight data counterparts of the simulated skymaps may be found in the Full Resolution Single Year Sky Maps table of the WMAP data products page.
As with the flight data, WMAP maps of the sky are supplied in FITS files, with the maps contained within binary table extensions. The maps are stored in a nested HEALPix projection and are supplied at the WMAP's standard Res 9 (NSide=512) resolution. Stokes I (temperature), Stokes Q and U (Polarization), and bandpass mismatch (a so-called S map) maps may be supplied in a file. Also included in the maps is an Nobs map describing the number of observations used to construct each pixel. The I,Q,U,S files contain the same data as the I,Q,U files with the addition of the S map for those users that wish to account for the small covariance between Q, U, and S. A detailed description of how these files are formatted is available here.
Iterative algorithms are used to create skymaps from the calibrated differential time-ordered simulated data for each of the ten differencing assemblies. Each pixel in a map represents a sky temperature for the bandpass appropriate to the differencing assembly. The CMB dipole has been removed from the Stokes I maps.
Many of the files that contain polarization maps also contain an extension containing the polarization noise covariance matrices for the maps. See the detailed description mentioned above for formatting details.
Pixel noise in units of mK may be evaluated from Nobs with the expression σ = σ0 / sqrt(Nobs) where
The sky models used to create the simulated maps are now available on LAMBDA.
The noiseless model sky used in generating the simulated time-ordered data for each differencing assembly is provided as a set of resolution 10 (Nside=1024) HEALPix nested maps in Galactic coordinates. The complete sky model description for each D/A is provided in a FITS file with three binary table extensions. The CMB temperature and polarization maps are provided in the first extension. The Galaxy model is provided in the other two extensions, with the temperature maps in the first and the polarization maps in the second. The Galaxy temperature model is computed for each channel within a D/A, allowing for a realistic frequency dependence for each channel. Polarization maps are provided in Stokes Q and U and are taken as channel independent within a D/A. Models are in thermodynamic temperature units.