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Overview

This section describes the maps of astrophysical components produced from the Planck data. These products are derived from some or all of the nine frequency channel maps described above using different techniques and, in some cases, using other constraints from external data sets. Here we give a brief description of the product and how it is obtained, followed by a description of the FITSFlexible Image Transfer Specification file containing the data and associated information. All the details can be found in #planck2013-p06.

CMBCosmic Microwave background maps

Four pipelines have been used to produce maps of the CMBCosmic Microwave background: Commander-Ruler, NILC, SEVEM and SMICA. The last three have been delivered as Legacy Archive products.

The front-runner CMBCosmic Microwave background map is the SMICA one. This product is labeled as "Main product" in the Planck Legacy Archive Java interface while the two others (NILC, SEVEM) are labeled as "Additional product".

The component separation pipelines are described in CMB and foreground separation and also in Section 3 and Appendices A-D of #planck2013-p06 and references therein.

Product description

SMICA

SMICA produces a CMBCosmic Microwave background map by linearly combining all Planck input channels (from 30 to 857 GHz) with weights which vary with the multipole.

The SMICA map has an effective beam window function of 5 arc-minutes, deconvolved from the pixel window. It means that, ideally, one would have C_l(map) = C_l(sky) * B_(5')^2, where C_l(map) is the angular spectrum of the map, where C_l(sky) is the angular spectrum of the CMBCosmic Microwave background and B_(5') is a 5-arcminute Gaussian beam function.

The SMICA map has been inpainted over 3% of the sky using a constrained Gaussian realisation. A binary mask describing the inpainted area is provided.

We provide a confidence mask which excludes some parts of the Galactic plane and also the masked point sources.


NILC

Needlet-ILC (hereafter NILC) produces a CMBCosmic Microwave background map by applying the Internal Linear Combination (ILC) technique in needlet space, that is, with combination weights which are allowed to vary over the sky and over the whole multipole range.

It uses all Planck channels from 44 to 857 GHz.


SEVEM

The aim of SEVEM is to produce clean CMBCosmic Microwave background maps at one or several frequencies by using a procedure based on template fitting. The templates are internal, i.e., they are constructed from Planck data, avoiding the need for external data sets, which usually complicates the analyses and may introduce inconsistencies. The method has been successfully applied to Planck simulations Leach et al., 2008 #leach2008 and to WMAP polarisation data Fernandez-Cobos et al., 2012 xx. In the cleaning process, no assumptions about the foregrounds or noise levels are needed, rendering the technique very robust.

Production process

SMICA


The actual implementation of SMICA includes the following steps:

Inputs
All nine Planck frequency channels from 30 to 857 GHz, harmonically transformed up to [math]\ell = 4000 [/math].
Fit
In practice, the SMICA fit,i.e.,the minimization of \ref{eq:eq2}, is conducted in three successive steps: We first estimate the CMBCosmic Microwave background spectral law by fitting all model parameters over a clean fraction of sky in the range [math] 100 ≤ \ell ≤ 680[/math] and retaining the best fit value for vector [math] \mathbf{a}[/math]. In the second step, we estimate the foreground emissivity by fixing a to its value from the previous step and fitting all the other parameters over a large fraction of sky in the range [math] 4 ≤ \ell ≤ 150[/math] and retaining the best fit values for the matrix [math] \mathbf{A}[/math]. In the last step, we fit all power spectrum parameters; that is, we fix [math]\mathbf{a}[/math] and [math]\mathbf{A}[/math] to their previously found values and fit for each [math] C_\ell [/math] and [math]\mathbf{P}_\ell [/math] at each [math]\ell[/math].
Beams
The discussion thus far assumes that all input maps have the same resolution and effective beam. Since the observed maps actually vary in resolution, we process the input maps in the following way. To the [math]i[/math]-th input map with effective beam [math]b_i(\ell)[/math] and sampled on an HEALPix([http://healpix.sourceforge.net Hierarchical Equal Area isoLatitude Pixelation of a sphere], {{BibCite|gorski2005}}) pixelation used to produce Planck sky maps (and HFI HPR). grid with [math]N^i_{side}[/math], the CMBCosmic Microwave background sky multipole [math]s_{\ell m}[/math] actually contributes [math]s_{\ell m}a_i b_i(\ell) p_i(\ell)[/math], where [math]p_i(\ell)[/math] is the pixel window function for the grid at [math]N^i_{side}[/math]. Seeking a final CMBCosmic Microwave background map at 5-arcmin resolution, the highest resolution of Planck, we work with input spherical harmonics re-beamed to 5 arcmins, [math]\mathbf{\tilde{x}}_{\ell m} [/math]; that is, SMICA operates on vectors with entries [math]x ̃^i_{\ell m} = x^i_{\ell m} b_5(\ell) / b_i(\ell) / p_i(\ell)[/math], where [math]b_5(\ell)[/math] is a 5 arcmin Gaussian beam function. By construction, SMICA then produces an CMBCosmic Microwave background map with an effective Gaussian beam of 5 arcmin (without the pixel window function).
Pre-processing
We start by fitting point sources with SNR > 5 in the PCCS catalogue in each input map. If the fit is successful, the fitted point source is removed from the map; otherwise it is masked and the hole in-painted. This is done at all frequencies but 545 and 857 GHz, where all point sources with SNR > 7.5 are masked and in-painted.
Masking and in-painting
In practice, SMICA uses a small Galactic mask leaving 97% of the sky. We deliver a full-sky CMBCosmic Microwave background map in which the masked pixels (Galactic and point-source) are replaced by a constrained Gaussian realization.
Binning
In our implementation, we use binned spectra.
High [math]\ell[/math]
Since there is little point trying to model the spectral covariance at high multipoles, because the sample estimate is sufficient, SMICA implements a simple harmonic ILC at [math]l \gt 1500[/math]; that is, it applies the filter \ref{eq:eq1} with [math]\mathbf{R}_\ell = \mathbf{\hat{R}}_\ell[/math].

Viewed as a filter, SMICA can be summarized by the weights [math]\mathbf{w}_\ell[/math] applied to each input map as a function of multipole. In this sense, SMICA is strictly equivalent to co-adding the input maps after convolution by specific axi-symmetric kernels directly related to the corresponding entry of [math]\mathbf{w}_\ell[/math]. The SMICA weights used here are shown in Figure 1 for input maps in units of K[math]_\rm{RJ}[/math]. They show, in particular, the (expected) progressive attenuation of the lowest resolution channels with increasing multipole.

Figure 1. Weights [math]w_\ell[/math] given by SMICA to the input maps, after they are re-beamed to 5 arcmin and expressed in K[math]_\rm{RJ}[/math]), as a function of multipole.
NILC

The ability linearly to combine input maps varying over the sky and over multipoles is called ‘localisation’. In the needlet framework, harmonic localisation is achieved using a set of bandpass filters defining ‘scales’ and spatial localization is achieved, at each scale, by defining zones over the sky. The harmonic localisation used here uses 9 spectral bands covering multipoles up to [math]\ell[/math] = 3200 (see Figure 2). The spatial localisation depends on the scale: at the coarsest scale, which include the multipoles of lowest degree, we use a single zone (no localization) while at the finest scales (which include the highest degree multipoles), the sky is partitioned in up to 20 zones (again, see Figure 2).

Figure 2. Spectral localization for NILC using with nine spectral window functions defining nine ‘needlet scales’ (top left panel). The scale-dependent spatial localization partitions the sky in 1 zone (for scale 1), 2 zones (for scale 2), 4 zones (for scale 3), or 20 zones (for scales 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).

The NILC method amounts to applying an ILC in each zone of each scale, allowing the ILC weights to adapt naturally to the varying strength of the contaminants as a function of direction and multipole. A complete description of the basic NILC method can be found in Delabrouille et al. (2009) #delabrouille2009. In this work, however, we have implemented an important difference for the processing of the coarsest scale.

The actual processing differs from the above scenario in several respects: pre-processing of point sources, dealing with frequency-dependent beams, and dealing with statistical issues (the ILC bias) in the coarsest scale.

  • Pre-processing of point sources. Identical to the SMICA pre-processing.
  • Masking and inpainting. The NILC CMBCosmic Microwave background map is actually produced in a two step process. In a first step, the NILC weights are computed from needlet statistics evaluated using a Galactic mask which covers about 98% of the sky (and is apodiwed at 1 degree). In a second step, those NILC weights on are applied to needlet coefficients computed over the whole sky (the point sources having been subtracted or fitted at the pre-processing stage), yielding a NILC CMBCosmic Microwave background estimate over the whole sky, except for the point source mask. In a final step, those masked pixels are replaced by the values of a constrained Gaussian realization.
  • Beam control and transfer function. As in the SMICA processing (see that section), the input maps are represented by their spherical harmonic coefficients. By internally rebeaming to a 5 arcmin resolution and by the unbiasedness property of the ILC, the resulting CMBCosmic Microwave background map is automatically synthesized with an effective Gaussian beam of 5 arcmin.
  • ILC bias and spectral statistics for the coarsest scale. The coarsest scale of the NILC filter is not localized. Therefore, the NILC map at the coarsest scale is equivalent to a plain pixel-based ILC which is known to be quite susceptible to an ‘ILC bias’ due to chance correlations between the CMBCosmic Microwave background and foregrounds. In order to mitigate that effect, the covariance matrix which determines the ILC coefficients at the coarsest scale is not computed as a pixel average but is rather estimated in the spectral domain with a spectral weight which equalizes the power of the CMBCosmic Microwave background modes (based on a fiducial spectrum).
  • Using SMICA recalibration. In our current rendering, the NILC uses for the CMBCosmic Microwave background emission law the values determined by SMICA.
SEVEM

The templates are internal, i.e., they are constructed from Planck data, avoiding the need for external data sets, which usually complicates the analyses and may introduce inconsistencies. In the cleaning process, no assumptions about the foregrounds or noise levels are needed, rendering the technique very robust. The fitting can be done in real or wavelet space (using a fast wavelet adapted to the HEALPix([http://healpix.sourceforge.net Hierarchical Equal Area isoLatitude Pixelation of a sphere], {{BibCite|gorski2005}}) pixelation used to produce Planck sky maps (and HFI HPR). pixelization; Casaponsa et al. 2011 #Casaponsa2011) to properly deal with incomplete sky coverage. By expediency, however, we fill in the small number of unobserved pixels at each channel with the mean value of its neighbouring pixels before applying SEVEM.

We construct our templates by subtracting two close Planck frequency channel maps, after first smoothing them to a common resolution to ensure that the CMBCosmic Microwave background signal is properly removed. A linear combination of the templates [math]t_j[/math] is then subtracted from (hitherto unused) map d to produce a clean CMBCosmic Microwave background map at that frequency. This is done either in real or in wavelet space (i.e., scale by scale) at each position on the sky:

[math] \label{eq:eq4} T_c(\mathbf{x}, ν) = d(\mathbf{x}, ν) − \sum_{j=1}^{n_t} α_j t(\mathbf{x}) [/math]

where [math]n_t[/math] is the number of templates. If the cleaning is performed in real space, the [math]α_j[/math] coefficients are obtained by minimising the variance of the clean map [math]T_c[/math] outside a given mask. When working in wavelet space, the cleaning is done in the same way at each wavelet scale independently (i.e., the linear coefficients depend on the scale). Although we exclude very contaminated regions during the minimization, the subtraction is performed for all pixels and, therefore, the cleaned maps cover the full-sky (although we expect that foreground residuals are present in the excluded areas).

An additional level of flexibility can also be considered: the linear coefficients can be the same for all the sky, or several regions with different sets of coefficients can be considered. The regions are then combined in a smooth way, by weighting the pixels at the boundaries, to avoid discontinuities in the clean maps. Since the method is linear, we may easily propagate the noise properties to the final CMBCosmic Microwave background map. Moreover, it is very fast and permits the generation of thousands of simulations to character- ize the statistical properties of the outputs, a critical need for many cosmological applications. The final CMBCosmic Microwave background map retains the angular resolution of the original frequency map.

There are several possible configurations of SEVEM with regard to the number of frequency maps which are cleaned or the number of templates that are used in the fitting. Note that the production of clean maps at different frequencies is of great interest in order to test the robustness of the results. Therefore, to define the best strategy, one needs to find a compromise between the number of maps that can be cleaned independently and the number of templates that can be constructed.

In particular, we have cleaned the 143 GHz and 217 GHz maps using four templates constructed as the difference of the following Planck channels (smoothed to a common resolution): (30-44), (44-70), (545-353) and (857-545). For simplicity, the three maps have been cleaned in real space, since there was not a significant improvement when using wavelets (especially at high latitude). In order to take into account the different spectral behaviour of the foregrounds at low and high galactic latitudes, we have considered two independent regions of the sky, for which we have used a different set of coefficients. The first region corresponds to the 3 per cent brightest Galactic emission, whereas the second region is defined by the remaining 97 per cent of the sky. For the first region, the coefficients are actually estimated over the whole sky (we find that this is more optimal than perform the minimisation only on the 3 per cent brightest region, where the CMBCosmic Microwave background emission is very sub-dominant) while for the second region, we exclude the 3 per cent brightest region of the sky, point sources detected at any frequency and those pixels which have not been observed at all channels. Our final CMBCosmic Microwave background map has then been constructed by combining the 143 and 217 GHz maps by weighting the maps in harmonic space taking into account the noise level, the resolution and a rough estimation of the foreground residuals of each map (obtained from realistic simulations). This final map has a resolution corresponding to a Gaussian beam of fwhm=5 arcminutes.

Moreover, additional CMBCosmic Microwave background clean maps (at frequencies between 44 and 353 GHz) have also been produced using different combinations of templates for some of the analyses carried out in the Isotropy and Statistics of the CMBCosmic Microwave background (#planck2013-p09) and Cosmological Constraints from the ISW effect (#planck2013-p14) papers. In particular, clean maps from 44 to 353 GHz have been used for the stacking analysis presented in (#planck2013-p14), while frequencies from 70 to 217 GHz were used for consistency tests in (#planck2013-p09).

The method has been successfully applied to Planck simulations (#leach2008) and to WMAP polarisation data (#Fernandez-Cobos2012).

Inputs

The input maps are the sky temperature maps described in the Sky temperature maps section.

SMICA

SMICA uses all nine Planck frequency channels from 30 to 857 GHz. SMICA uses a pre-processing step in which point sources are subtracted or masked as described above.

NILC

NILC uses eight frequency channels from 44 to 857 GHz and the same pre-processing step as SMICA.

SEVEM

SEVEM uses all nine Planck frequency channel maps. The 30 - 70 GHz and 353 - 857 GHz maps are used to construct templates by taking the differences (30 - 44) GHz, (44 - 70) GHz, (545 - 353) GHz and (857 - 545) GHz, after smoothing to a common resolution. The 100, 143 and 217 GHz maps are cleaned using the templates.

Related products

File names and structure

The FITSFlexible Image Transfer Specification files corresponding to the three CMBCosmic Microwave background products are the following:

The files contains a minimal primary extension with no data and four data extensions which are described in the table below:

CMBCosmic Microwave background map file data structure
1. EXTNAME = 'COMP-MAP' (BINTABLE)
Column Name Data Type Units Description
I Real*4 uK_cmb The CMBCosmic Microwave background temperature map
NOISE Real*4 uK_cmb Estimated noise map
VALMASK Byte none Validity, or confidence mask
INPMASK Byte none (Optional) Inpainted mask
Keyword Data Type Value Description
AST-COMP String CMBCosmic Microwave background Astrophysical compoment name
PIXTYPE String HEALPIX
COORDSYS String GALACTIC Coordinate system
ORDERING String NESTED Healpix ordering
NSIDE Int 2048 Healpix Nside
METHOD String name Cleaning method
2. EXTNAME = 'FGDS-LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument' (BINTABLE)
Column Name Data Type Units Description
LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument_030 Real*4 K_cmb 30 GHz foregrounds
LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument_044 Real*4 K_cmb 44 GHz foregrounds
LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument_070 Real*4 K_cmb 70 GHz foregrounds
Keyword Data Type Value Description
PIXTYPE String HEALPIX
COORDSYS String GALACTIC Coordinate system
ORDERING String NESTED Healpix ordering
NSIDE Int 1024 Healpix Nside
METHOD String name Cleaning method
3. EXTNAME = 'FGDS-HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument' (BINTABLE)
Column Name Data Type Units Description
HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument_100 Real*4 K_cmb 100 GHz foregrounds
HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument_143 Real*4 K_cmb 143 GHz foregrounds
HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument_217 Real*4 K_cmb 217 GHz foregrounds
HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument_353 Real*4 K_cmb 353 GHz foregrounds
HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument_545 Real*4 MJy/sr 545 GHz foregrounds
HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument_857 Real*4 MJy/sr 857 GHz foregrounds
Keyword Data Type Value Description
PIXTYPE String HEALPIX
COORDSYS String GALACTIC Coordinate system
ORDERING String NESTED Healpix ordering
NSIDE Int 2048 Healpix Nside
METHOD String name Cleaning method
4. EXTNAME = 'BRSM_WF' (BINTABLE)
Column Name Data Type Units Description
BEAM_WF Real*4 uK_cmb The CMBCosmic Microwave background temperature map
Keyword Data Type Value Description
LMIN Int none First multipole of beam WF
LMAX Int none Lsst multipole of beam WF
METHOD String name Cleaning method


Notes:

  • NILC and SMICA CMBCosmic Microwave background maps have been inpainted in the Galactic plane and around some bright sources with a constrained realisation of the signal. The inpainted area covers approximately 3% of the sky.
  • The half-ring half-difference (HRHD) map is made by passing the half-ring frequency maps independently through the component separation pipeline, then computing half their difference. It approximates a noise realisation, and gives an indication of the uncertainties due to instrumental noise in the corresponding CMBCosmic Microwave background map. The confidence mask indicates where the CMBCosmic Microwave background map is considered valid. The inpainting mask indicates where the CMBCosmic Microwave background was inpainted.
  • The subtraction of the CMBCosmic Microwave background from the sky maps in order to produce the residuals is done after convolving the CMBCosmic Microwave background map to the resolution of the given frequency.


Cautionary notes

  1. The half-ring CMBCosmic Microwave background maps are produced by the pipelines with parameters/weights fixed to the values obtained from the full maps. Therefore the CMBCosmic Microwave background HRHD maps do not capture all of the uncertainties due to foreground modelling on large angular scales.
  2. The HRHD maps for the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument frequency channels underestimate the noise power spectrum at high l by typically a few percent. This is caused by correlations induced in the pre-processing to remove cosmic ray hits. The CMBCosmic Microwave background is mostly constrained by the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument channels at high l, and so the CMBCosmic Microwave background HRHD maps will inherit this deficiency in power.
  3. The beam transfer functions do not account for uncertainties in the beams of the frequency channel maps.

Astrophysical foregrounds from parametric component separation

We describe diffuse foreground products for the Planck 2013 release. See Planck paper P06-Component Separation #planck2013-p06 for a detailed description and astrophysical discussion of those.

Product description

Low frequency foreground component
The products below contain the result of the fitting for one foreground component at low frequencies in Planck bands,along with its spectral behavior parametrized by a power law spectral index. Amplitude and spectral indeces are evaluated at Nside 256 (see below in the production process), along with standard deviation from sampling and instrumental noise on both. An amplitude solution at Nside=2048 is also given, along with standard deviation from sampling and instrumental noise as well as solutions on halfrings. The beam profile associated to this component is also provided as a secondary Extension in the Nside 2048 product.
Thermal dust
The products below contain the result of the fitting for one foreground component at high frequencies in Planck bands, along with its spectral behavior parametrized by temperature and emissivity. Amplitude, temperature and emissivity are evaluated at Nside 256 (see below in the production process), along with standard deviation from sampling and instrumental noise on all of them. An amplitude solution at Nside=2048 is also given, along with standard deviation from sampling and instrumental noise as well as solutions on halfrings. The beam profile associated to this component is provided.
Sky mask
The delivered mask is defined as the sky region where the fitting procedure was conducted and the solutions presented here were obtained. It is made by masking a region where the Galactic emission is too intense to perform the fitting, plus the masking of brightest point sources.

Production process

CODE: COMMANDER-RULER. The code exploits a parametrization of CMBCosmic Microwave background and main diffuse foreground observables. The naive resolution of input frequency channels is reduced to Nside=256 first. Parameters related to the foreground scaling with frequency are estimated at that resolution by using Markov Chain Monte Carlo analysis using Gibbs sampling. The foreground parameters make the foreground mixing matrix which is applied to the data at full resolution in order to obtain the provided products at Nside=2048. In the Planck paper P06-Component Separation #planck2013-p06 additional material is discussed, specifically concerning the sky region where the solutions are reliable, in terms of chi2 maps.

Inputs

Nominal frequency maps at 30, 44, 70, 100, 143, 217, 353 GHz (LFI 30 GHz frequency maps, LFI 44 GHz frequency maps and LFI 70 GHz frequency maps, HFI 100 GHz frequency maps, HFI 143 GHz frequency maps,HFI 217 GHz frequency maps and HFI 353 GHz frequency maps) and their II column corresponding to the noise covariance matrix. Halfrings at the same frequencies. Beam window functions as reported in the LFI and HFI RIMO.

Related products

None.

File names

  • Low frequency component at Nside 256:
COM_CompMap_Lfreqfor-commrul_0256_R1.00.fits
  • Low frequency component at Nside 2048:
COM_CompMap_Lfreqfor-commrul_2048_R1.00.fits
  • Thermal dust at Nside 256:
COM_CompMap_dust-commrul_0256_R1.00.fits
  • Thermal dust at Nside 2048:
COM_CompMap_dust-commrul_2048_R1.00.fits
  • Mask:
COM_CompMap_Mask-rulerminimal_2048_R1.00.fits

Meta Data

Low frequency foreground component

Low frequency component at Nside 256

File name: COM_CompMap_Lfreqfor-commrul_0256_R1.00.fits

Name HDU -- COMP-MAP

The Fits extension is composed by the columns described below:

FITSFlexible Image Transfer Specification header
Column Name Data Type Units Description
I Real*4 uK[math]_{CMB}[/math] Intensity
I_stdev Real*4 uK[math]_{CMB}[/math] standard deviation of intensity
Beta Real*4 effective spectral index
B_stdev Real*4 standard deviation on the effective spectral index
Notes
Comment: The Intensity is normalized at 30 GHz
Comment: The intensity was estimated during mixing matrix estimation

Below an example of the header.

Low frequency component at Nside 2048
File name: COM_CompMap_Lfreqfor-commrul_2048_R1.00.fits


Name HDU -- COMP-MAP

The Fits extension is composed by the columns described below:

FITSFlexible Image Transfer Specification header
Column Name Data Type Units Description
I Real*8 uK[math]_{CMB}[/math] Intensity
I_stdev Real*8 uK[math]_{CMB}[/math] standard deviation of intensity
I_hr1 Real*8 uK[math]_{CMB}[/math] Intensity on half ring 1
I_hr2 Real*8 uK[math]_{CMB}[/math] Intensity on half ring 2
Notes
Comment: The intensity was computed after mixing matrix application


Name HDU -- BeamWF

The Fits second extension is composed by the columns described below:

FITSFlexible Image Transfer Specification header
Column Name Data Type Units Description
BeamWF Real*4 beam profile
Notes
Comment: Beam window function used in the Component separation process

Below an example of the header of the first and second extension respectively.

Thermal dust

Thermal dust component at Nside=256
File name: COM_CompMap_dust-commrul_0256_R1.00.fits
Name HDU -- COMP-MAP

The Fits extension is composed by the columns described below:

FITSFlexible Image Transfer Specification header
Column Name Data Type Units Description
I Real*4 MJy/sr Intensity
I_stdev Real*4 MJy/sr standard deviation of intensity
Em Real*4 emissivity
Em_stdev Real*4 standard deviation on emissivity
T Real*4 uK[math]_{CMB}[/math] temperature
T_stdev Real*4 uK[math]_{CMB}[/math] standard deviation on temerature
Notes
Comment: The intensity is normalized at 353 GHz

Below an example of the header.

Thermal dust component at Nside=2048

File name: COM_CompMap_dust-commrul_2048_R1.00.fits


Name HDU -- COMP-MAP

The Fits extension is composed by the columns described below:

FITSFlexible Image Transfer Specification header
Column Name Data Type Units Description
I Real*8 MJy/sr Intensity
I_stdev Real*8 MJy/sr standard deviation of intensity
I_hr1 Real*8 MJy/sr Intensity on half ring 1
I_hr2 Real*8 MJy/sr Intensity on half ring 2


Name HDU -- BeamWF

The Fits second extension is composed by the columns described below:

FITSFlexible Image Transfer Specification header
Column Name Data Type Units Description
BeamWF Real*4 beam profile
Notes
Comment: Beam window function used in the Component separation process

Below an example of the header of the first and second extension respectively.

Sky mask

File name: COM_CompMap_Mask-rulerminimal_2048.fits

Name HDU -- COMP-MASK

The Fits extension is composed by the columns described below:

FITSFlexible Image Transfer Specification header
Column Name Data Type Units Description
Mask Real*4 Mask

Below an example of the header.

Dust optical depth map and model

Thermal emission from interstellar dust is captured by Planck-HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument over the whole sky, at all frequencies from 100 to 857 GHz. This emission is well modelled by a modified black body in the far-infrared to millimeter range. It is produced by the biggest interstellar dust grain that are in thermal equilibrium with the radiation field from stars. The grains emission properties in the sub-millimeter are therefore directly linked to their absorption properties in the UV-visible range. By modelling the thermal dust emission in the sub-millimeter, a map of dust reddening in the visible can then be constructed.

Model of thermal dust emission

The model of the thermal dust emission is based on a modify black body fit to the data $I_\nu$

$I_\nu = A\, B_\nu(T)\, \nu^\beta$

where B_nu(T) is the Planck function for dust equilibirum temperature T, A is the amplitude of the MBB and beta the dust spectral index. The dust optical depth at frequency nu is

$\tau_\nu = I_\nu / B_\nu(T) = A\, \nu^\beta$

The dust parameters provided are T, beta and Tau_353. They were obtained by fitting the Planck data at 353, 545 and 857 GHz together with the IRAS (IRIS) 100 micron data. All maps (in Healpix nside=2048) were smoothed to a common resolution of 5 arcmin. The CMBCosmic Microwave background anisotropies, clearly visible at 353 GHz, were removed from all the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument maps using the SMICA map. An offset was removed from each map to obtained a meaningful Galactic zero level, using a correlation with the LAB 21 cm data in diffuse areas of the sky ($N_{HI} < 2\times10^{20} cm^{-2}$). Because the dust emission is so well correlated between frequencies in the Rayleigh-Jeans part of the dust spectrum, the zero level of the 545 and 353 GHz were improved by correlating with the 857 GHz over a larger mask ($N_{HI} < 3\times10^{20} cm^{-2}$). Faint residual dipole structures, identified in the 353 and 545 GHz maps, were removed prior to the fit.

The MBB fit was performed using a chi-square minimization, assuming errors for each data point that include instrumental noise, calibration uncertainties (on both the dust emission and the CMBCosmic Microwave background anisotropies) and uncertainties on the zero level. Because of the known degeneracy between $T$ and $\beta$ in the presence of noise, we produced a model of dust emission using data smoothed to 35 arcmin; at such resolution no systematic bias of the parameters is observed. The map of the spectral index $\beta$ at 35 arcmin was than used to fit the data for T and Tau_353 at 5 arcmin.

E(B-V) map

For the production of the E(B-V) map, we used Planck and IRAS data from which point sources in diffuse areas were removed to avoid contamination by galaxies. In the hypothesis of constant dust emission cross-section, the optical depth map Tau_353 is proportional to dust column density. It can then be used to estimate E(B-V), also proportional to dust column density in the hypothesis of a constant differential absorption cross-section between the B and V bands. Given those assumptions

$ E(B-V) = q\, \tau_{353}$

To estimate the calibration factor q, we followed a method similar to Mortsell (2013) based on SDSS reddening measurements (E(g-r) which corresponds closely to E(B-V)) of 77 429 Quasars (Schneider et al. 2007). The interstellar HI column densities covered on the lines of sight of this sample ranges from $0.5$ to $10\times10^{20}\,cm^{-2}$. Therefore this sample allows to estimate q in the diffuse ISM where dust properties are expected to vary less than in denser clouds where coagulation and grain growth might modify dust emission and absorption cross sections.

Dust optical depth products

The characteristics of the dust model maps are the following.

  • Dust optical depth at 353 GHz : nside=2048, fwhm=5 arcmin, no units
  • Dust reddening E(B-V) : nside=2048, fwhm=5 arcmin, units=magnitude, obtained with data from which point sources were removed.
  • Dust temperature : nside 2048, fwhm=5 arcmin, units=Kelvin
  • Dust spectral index : nside=2048, fwhm=35 arcmin, no units


Dust opacity file data structure
1. EXTNAME = 'COMP-MAP'
Column Name Data Type Units Description
ITAU353 Real*4 none The opacity at 353GHz
TAU353ERR Real*4 none Error in the opacity
EBV Real*4 mag E(B-V)
EBV_ERR Real*4 mag Error in E(B-V)
T_HF Real*4 K Temperature for the high frequency correction
T_HF_ERR Real*4 K Error on the temperature
BETAHF Real*4 none Beta for the high frequency correction
BETAHFERR Real*4 none Error on beta
Keyword Data Type Value Description
AST-COMP String DUST-OPA Astrophysical compoment name
PIXTYPE String HEALPIX
COORDSYS String GALACTIC Coordinate system
ORDERING String NESTED Healpix ordering
NSIDE Int 2048 Healpix Nside for LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument and HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument, respectively
FIRSTPIX Int*4 0 First pixel number
LASTPIX Int*4 50331647 Last pixel number, for LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument and HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument, respectively

CO emission maps

CO rotational transition line emission is present in all HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument bands but for the 143 GHz channel. It is especially significant in the 100, 217 and 353 GHz channels (due to the 115 (1-0), 230 (2-1) and 345 GHz (3-2) CO transitions). This emission comes essentially from the Galactic interstellar medium and is mainly located at low and intermediate Galactic latitudes. Three approaches (summarised below) have been used to extract CO velocity-integrated emission maps from HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument maps and to make three types of CO products. An introduction is given in Section and a full description of these products is given in #planck2013-p03a.

  • Type 1 product: it is based on a single channel approach using the fact that each CO line has a slightly different transmission in each bolometer at a given frequency channel. These transmissions can be evaluated from bandpass measurements that were performed on the ground or empirically determined from the sky using existing ground-based CO surveys. From these, the J=1-0, J=2-1 and J=3-2 CO lines can be extracted independently. As this approach is based on individual bolometer maps of a single channel, the resulting Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) is relatively low. The benefit, however, is that these maps do not suffer from contamination from other HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument channels (as is the case for the other approaches) and are more reliable, especially in the Galactic Plane.
  • Type 2 product: this product is obtained using a multi frequency approach. Three frequency channel maps are combined to extract the J=1-0 (using the 100, 143 and 353 GHz channels) and J=2-1 (using the 143, 217 and 353 GHz channels) CO maps. Because frequency channels are combined, the spectral behaviour of other foregrounds influences the result. The two type 2 CO maps produced in this way have a higher SNR than the type 1 maps at the cost of a larger possible residual contamination from other diffuse foregrounds.
  • Type 3 product: using prior information on CO line ratios and a multi-frequency component separation method, we construct a combined CO emission map with the largest possible SNR. This type 3 product can be used as a sensitive finder chart for low-intensity diffuse CO emission over the whole sky.

The released Type 1 CO maps have been produced using the MILCA-b algorithm, Type 2 maps using a specific implementation of the Commander algorithm, and the Type 3 map using the full Commander-Ruler component separation pipeline (see above).

Characteristics of the released maps are the following. We provide Healpix maps with Nside=2048. For one transition, the CO velocity-integrated line signal map is given in K_RJ.km/s units. A conversion factor from this unit to the native unit of HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument maps (K_CMBCosmic Microwave background) is provided in the header of the data files and in the RIMOreduced IMO. Four maps are given per transition and per type:

  • The signal map
  • The standard deviation map (same unit as the signal),
  • A null test noise map (same unit as the signal) with similar statistical properties. It is made out of half the difference of half-ring maps.
  • A mask map (0B or 1B) giving the regions (1B) where the CO measurement is not reliable because of some severe identified foreground contamination.

All products of a given type belong to a single file. Type 1 products have the native HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument resolution i.e. approximately 10, 5 and 5 arcminutes for the CO 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 transitions respectively. Type 2 products have a 15 arcminute resolution The Type 3 product has a 5.5 arcminute resolution.


Type-1 CO map file data structure
1. EXTNAME = 'COMP-MAP'
Column Name Data Type Units Description
I10 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec The CO(1-0) intensity map
E10 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Uncertainty in the CO(1-0) intensity
N10 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Map built from the half-ring difference maps
M10 Byte none Region over which the CO(1-0) intensity is considered reliable
I21 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec The CO(2-1) intensity map
E21 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Uncertainty in the CO(2-1) intensity
N21 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Map built from the half-ring difference maps
M21 Byte none Region over which the CO(2-1) intensity is considered reliable
I32 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec The CO(3-2) intensity map
E32 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Uncertainty in the CO(3-2) intensity
N32 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Map built from the half-ring difference maps
M32 Byte none Region over which the CO(3-2) intensity is considered reliable
Keyword Data Type Value Description
AST-COMP string CO-TYPE2 Astrophysical compoment name
PIXTYPE String HEALPIX
COORDSYS String GALACTIC Coordinate system
ORDERING String NESTED Healpix ordering
NSIDE Int 2048 Healpix Nside for LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument and HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument, respectively
FIRSTPIX Int*4 0 First pixel number
LASTPIX Int*4 50331647 Last pixel number, for LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument and HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument, respectively
CNV 1-0 Real*4 value Factor to convert CO(1-0) intensity to Kcmb (units Kcmb/(Krj*km/s))
CNV 2-1 Real*4 value Factor to convert CO(2-1) intensityto Kcmb (units Kcmb/(Krj*km/s))
CNV 3-2 Real*4 value Factor to convert CO(3-2) intensityto Kcmb (units Kcmb/(Krj*km/s))

Type-2 CO map file data structure

1. EXTNAME = 'COMP-MAP'
Column Name Data Type Units Description
I10 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec The CO(1-0) intensity map
E10 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Uncertainty in the CO(1-0) intensity
N10 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Map built from the half-ring difference maps
M10 Byte none Region over which the CO(1-0) intensity is considered reliable
I21 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec The CO(2-1) intensity map
E21 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Uncertainty in the CO(2-1) intensity
N21 Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Map built from the half-ring difference maps
M21 Byte none Region over which the CO(2-1) intensity is considered reliable
Keyword Data Type Value Description
AST-COMP String CO-TYPE2 Astrophysical compoment name
PIXTYPE String HEALPIX
COORDSYS String GALACTIC Coordinate system
ORDERING String NESTED Healpix ordering
NSIDE Int 2048 Healpix Nside for LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument and HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument, respectively
FIRSTPIX Int*4 0 First pixel number
LASTPIX Int*4 50331647 Last pixel number, for LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument and HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument, respectively
CNV 1-0 Real*4 value Factor to convert CO(1-0) intensity to Kcmb (units Kcmb/(Krj*km/s))
CNV 2-1 Real*4 value Factor to convert CO(2-1) intensityto Kcmb (units Kcmb/(Krj*km/s))

Type-3 CO map file data structure

1. EXTNAME = 'COMP-MAP'
Column Name Data Type Units Description
INTEN Real*4 K_RJ km/sec The CO intensity map
ERR Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Uncertainty in the intensity
NUL Real*4 K_RJ km/sec Map built from the half-ring difference maps
MASK Byte none Region over which the intensity is considered reliable
Keyword Data Type Value Description
AST-COMP String CO-TYPE1 Astrophysical compoment name
PIXTYPE String HEALPIX
COORDSYS String GALACTIC Coordinate system
ORDERING String NESTED Healpix ordering
NSIDE Int 2048 Healpix Nside for LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument and HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument, respectively
FIRSTPIX Int*4 0 First pixel number
LASTPIX Int*4 50331647 Last pixel number, for LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument and HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument, respectively
CNV Real*4 value Factor to convert to Kcmb (units Kcmb/(Krj*km/s))

References

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