Scanning Beams

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We released maps of the Stokes parameters of the band-averaged scanning beams. The Stokes parameters maps contain the complete information about the field intensity and polarization properties. Main Beam, Intermediate Beam, and Sidelobes are released separately.

File Names[edit]

The file names are of the form:



  • fff denotes the frequency
  • mb denotes the Main Beams
  • ib denotes the Intermediate Beam
  • sl denotes the Sidelobes
  • rrr denotes the radiometer
  • R2.nn is the version.

At the present time, HFI is not releasing the Scanning Beams.

FITS file structure[edit]

The FITS files contain a primary extension with no data and a minimal header, and one BINTABLE extension with data and with a description of the data in the header keywords. The BINTABLE extension consist in four columns, each containing the array of one Stokes parameter. The columns are called:

  • Beamdata , containing [math]I[/math]
  • BeamdataQ, containing [math]Q[/math]
  • BeamdataU, containing [math]U[/math]
  • BeamdataV, containing [math]V[/math].

Main Beam, Intermediate Beams and Sidelobes are saved with a different data format:

  • Main Beams are projected on the tangent plane to the sphere, and sampled on a grid. The grid include an angular region gexpressed by the keyword angularCut, and its dimensions are given by the keywords Nx and Ny, representing the number of columns and rows.

Each column of the BINDATA extension contain the sequence of the [math]Nx \times Ny[/math] samples of the map in row major order. The keywords Xcentre and Ycentre express the coordinates of the beam maximum (i.e. where the sphere intersect the tangent plane).

Main Beam file structure
Column Name Data Type Units Description
BEAMDATA Real*4 none Stokes parameter I
BEAMDATAQ Real*4 none Stokes parameter Q
BEAMDATAU Real*4 none Stokes parameter U
BEAMDATAV Real*4 none Stokes parameter V
Keyword Data Type Value Description Comment
Nx Int 601 X axis samples number X axis aligned with the direction of the S arm
Ny Int 601 Y axis samples number Y axis aligned with the direction of the M arm
Xcentre Int 301 X coordinate of the beam centre
Ycentre Int 301 Y coordinate of the beam centre
Xdelta Real*4 X step in radians
Ydelta Real*4 Y step in radians

  • Intermediate Beams and Sidelobes are sampled on the sphere. The resolution in [math]\theta[/math] and [math]\phi[/math] is given by the keywords "Ntheta" and "Nphi". The columns contain the sequence of Nphi Stokes parameters for each [math]\theta[/math].

The stokes map files consist in four columns containing the Stokes parameters for each sample. The columns are called "Beamdata" , "BeamdataQ", "BeamdataU" and "BeamdataV", containing respectively [math]I[/math], [math]Q[/math], [math]U[/math] and [math]V[/math]. There are differences in the data format between the Main Beam and the near and far Sidelobes.

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