Beam Window Functions

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Beam window functions have computed with the Febecop Pipeline (as described there), and the QuickPol pipeline (see Hivon et al, 2017 [1], and the 2018 Planck Likelihood paper).

The beam window functions relate, over the full sky or over a masked sky, the angular power spectrum measured (in the absence of noise) on a map produced by a set of detectors [math]C_{XX}^{map}(\ell)[/math], to the true underlying sky angular power spectrum [math]C_{XX}^{sky}(\ell)[/math] (assumed to have isotropic statistical properties, as is the case for the CMB).

  1. QuickPol effective beam window functions

They are available in two forms:

  • The beam window functions [math]b_{T}, b_{E}, b_{B},[/math]

such that [math]C_{XX}^{map}(\ell) = b_{X}^2(\ell) w_{pix}^2(\ell) C_{XX}^{sky}(\ell)[/math] for X=T,E or B, and where [math]w_{pix}[/math] is the pixel window function, which depends on the resolution parameter Nside (=2048 for Planck HFI maps). They are provided in FITS files, in a format compatible with [[2]] tools such as synfast and smoothing, as well as with PolSpice.

  • Beam matrix


  1. Hivon E., Mottet, S. & Ponthieu N., 2017 QuickPol: Fast calculation of effective beam matrices for CMB polarization A&A 598, A25, [[1]]

Cosmic Microwave background

(Planck) High Frequency Instrument

Flexible Image Transfer Specification