First Detection of Spectral Variations of Anomalous Microwave Emission with QUIJOTE and C-BASS

Roke Cepeda-Arroita, Stuart Harper, Clive Dickinson, J. A. Rubiño-Martín, R. T. Génova-Santos, Angela C. Taylor, T. J. Pearson, M. Ashdown, Adam Barr, R B Barreiro, B. Casaponsa, F. J. Casas, H. Cynthia Chiang, R Fernandez-Cobos, R. D. P. Grumitt, F. Guidi, Heiko M. Heilgendorff, D. Herranz, Luke R. P. Jew, J L JonasMichael E Jones, A. Lasenby, J Leech, John Leahy, E. Martínez-González, M. W. Peel, Lucio Piccirillo, F. Poidevin, A. C. S. Readhead, R {Rebolo}, B. Ruiz-Granados, J. Sievers, F. Vansyngel, P {Vielva}, Bob Watson

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Anomalous Microwave Emission (AME) is a significant component of Galactic diffuse emission in the frequency range $10$-$60\,$GHz and a new window into the properties of sub-nanometre-sized grains in the interstellar medium. We investigate the morphology of AME in the $\approx10^{\circ}$ diameter $\lambda$ Orionis ring by combining intensity data from the QUIJOTE experiment at $11$, $13$, $17$ and $19\,$GHz and the C-Band All Sky Survey (C-BASS) at $4.76\,$GHz, together with 19 ancillary datasets between $1.42$ and $3000\,$GHz. Maps of physical parameters at $1^{\circ}$ resolution are produced through Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) fits of spectral energy distributions (SEDs), approximating the AME component with a log-normal distribution. AME is detected in excess of $20\,\sigma$ at degree-scales around the entirety of the ring along photodissociation regions (PDRs), with three primary bright regions containing dark clouds. A radial decrease is observed in the AME peak frequency from $\approx35\,$GHz near the free-free region to $\approx21\,$GHz in the outer regions of the ring, which is the first detection of AME spectral variations across a single region. A strong correlation between AME peak frequency, emission measure and dust temperature is an indication for the dependence of the AME peak frequency on the local radiation field. The AME amplitude normalised by the optical depth is also strongly correlated with the radiation field, giving an overall picture consistent with spinning dust where the local radiation field plays a key role.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2020


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