The C-Band All-Sky Survey (C-BASS): Total intensity point source detection over the northern sky

R. D. P. Grumitt, Luke Jew, C. Dickinson, A. Barr, R. Cepeda-Arroita, H. C. Chiang, H. M. Heilgendorff, J. L. Jonas, J. P. Leahy, J. Leech, T. J. Pearson, M. W. Peel, A. C. S. Readhead, J. Sievers

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We present a point source detection algorithm that employs the second order Spherical Mexican Hat Wavelet filter (SMHW2), and use it on C-BASS northern intensity data to produce a catalogue of point sources. The SMHW2 allows us to filter the entire sky at once, avoiding complications from edge effects arising when filtering small sky patches. The algorithm is validated against a set of Monte Carlo simulations, consisting of diffuse emission, instrumental noise, and various point source populations. The simulated source populations are successfully recovered. The SMHW2 detection algorithm is used to produce a $4.76\,\mathrm{GHz}$ northern sky source catalogue in total intensity, containing 1729 sources and covering declinations $\delta\geq-10^{\circ}$. The C-BASS catalogue is matched with the GB6 and PMN catalogues over their common declinations. From this we estimate the $90\%$ completeness level to be approximately $630\,\mathrm{mJy}$, with a corresponding reliability of $95\%$, when applying a Galactic mask covering $20\%$ of the sky. We find the C-BASS and GB6/PMN flux density scales to be consistent with one another to within $3\%$. The absolute positional offsets of C-BASS sources from matched GB6/PMN sources peak at approximately $3.5\,\mathrm{arcmin}$.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Early online date5 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020


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