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We report the results of a joint analysis of data from BICEP2/Keck Array and Planck. BICEP2 and Keck Array have observed the same approximately 400 deg 2 patch of sky centered on RA 0h, Dec. −57.5 •. The combined maps reach a depth of 57 nK deg in Stokes Q and U in a band centered at 150 GHz. Planck has observed the full sky in polarization at seven(More)
We use an analytic approach to study the susceptibility of the Planck Low Frequency Instrument radiometers to various systematic effects. We examine the effects of fluctuations in amplifier gain, in amplifier noise temperature and in the reference load temperature. We also study the effect of imperfect gain modulation, non-ideal matching of radiometer(More)
We present the all-sky Planck catalogue of Sunyaev-Zeldovich (SZ) sources detected from the 29 month full-mission data. The catalogue (PSZ2) is the largest SZ-selected sample of galaxy clusters yet produced and the deepest all-sky catalogue of galaxy clusters. It contains 1653 detections, of which 1203 are confirmed clusters with identified counterparts in(More)
Radiometeric CMB measurements need to be highly stable and this stability is best obtained with differential receivers. The residual 1/f noise in the differential output is strongly dependent on the radiometer input offset which can be cancelled using various balancing strategies. In this paper we discuss a software method implemented in the Planck-LFI(More)
We report on the design, fabrication and testing of a set of high performance corrugated feed horns at 30 GHz, 70 GHz and 100 GHz, built as advanced prototypes for the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI) of the ESA Planck mission. The electromagnetic designs include linear (100 GHz) and dual shaped (30 and 70 GHz) profiles. Fabrication has been achieved by(More)
A fundamental requirement in the new generation of high resolution Cosmic Microwave Background imaging experiments is a strict control of systematic errors that must be kept at µK level in the final maps. Some of these errors are of celestial origin, while others will be generated by periodic fluctuations of the satellite environment. These environment(More)
A detailed knowledge of the Galactic radio continuum is of high interest for studies of the dynamics and structure of the Galaxy as well as for the problem of foreground removal in Cosmic Microwave Background measurements. In this work we present a full-sky study of the diffuse Galactic emission at frequencies of few GHz, where synchrotron radiation is by(More)
To asses stability against 1/ f noise, the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI) on–board the Planck mission will acquire data at a rate much higher than the data rate allowed by the science telemetry bandwith of 35.5 kbps. The data are processed by an on–board pipeline, followed on– ground by a decoding and reconstruction step, to reduce the volume of data to a(More)
This work will present the corrugated-horns, polarizers and ortho-mode transducers developed for the 49-element coherent polarimeter array working in [39, 48] GHz to be embarked in the Large Scale Polarization Explorer. The latter is an ASI-funded balloon experiment designed to measure the CMB B-modes on large angular scales. The presentation will focus on(More)
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