The Bolocam Northern Galactic Plane Survey
The BGPS has officially been released via IPAC as of June 22, 2009.
The Galactic Center as seen by Bolocam (orange), the VLA at 20 GHz (purple), and Spitzer at 8 microns (cyan)
The Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey is a 1.1mm continuum survey of 170 square degrees of the
galactic plane visible from the northern hemisphere. It is one of the first large-area,
systematic surveys of the Galactic Plane in the millimeter continuum without
pre-selected targets. The survey is contiguous over the range -10.5 < l < 90.5, |b| < 0.5.
Towards the Cygnus X region, the coverage was flared to |b| < 1.5 over the range 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 covered in the first
quadrant is 133 square degrees. Four targeted regions in the outer galaxy were also observed, covering
l=111 near NGC 7538, the W3/4/5 complex, IC1396, and the Gem OB1 complex.
The survey has detected approximately 8400 sources to a limiting non-uniform
1-sigma noise level in the range 30 to 60 mJy/beam. The BGPS source catalog
(Bolocat) is presented in a paper by Rosolowsky et al. (2010). A custom
pipeline was written to reduce the large data set from the BGPS and is
described in detail in Aguirre et al., (2011) and in
Ginsburg et al (in progress).
The BGPS team:
John Bally (PI), James Aguirre, Cara Battersby, Eric Todd Bradley,
Richard Chamberlin, Claudia Cyganowski, Darren Dowell, Meredith Drosback,
Neal Evans, Adam Ginsburg, Jason Glenn, Paul Harvey,
Miranda Dunham, Erik Rosolowsky, Wayne Schlingman, Yancy Shirley,
Guy Stringfellow, Josh Walawender, and Jonathan Williams
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
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 BGPS is made possible by Bolocam and the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory.