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By M. Peracaula Department Of Physics, P. G. Martin, L. B. G. Knee, R. Kothes, C. R. Purton, B. Uyaniker, B. J. Wallace, A. G. Willis and D. Durand


The Canadian Galactic Plane Survey (CGPS) is a project to combine radio, millimeter, and infrared surveys of the Galactic plane to provide arcminute-scale images of all major components of the interstellar medium over a large portion of the Galactic disk. We describe in detail the observations for the lowfrequency component of the CGPS, the radio surveys carried out at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO), and summarize the properties of the merged database of surveys that comprises the CGPS. The DRAO Synthesis Telescope surveys have imaged a 73 section of the Galactic plane, using 85% of the telescope time between 1995 April and 2000 June. The observations provide simultaneous radio continuum images at two frequencies, 408 and 1420 MHz, and spectral-line images of the 21 cm transition of neutral atomic hydrogen. In the radio continuum at 1420 MHz, dual-polarization receivers provide images in all four Stokes parameters. The surveys cover the region 74=2 < l < 147=3, with latitude extent 3=6 < b < þ5=6 at 1420 MHz and 6=7 < b < þ8=7 at 408 MHz. By integration of data from singleantenna observations, the survey images provide complete information on all scales of emission structures down to the resolution limit, which is just below 10 10 csc at 1420 MHz and 3<4 3<4 csc at 408 MHz. The continuum images have a dynamic range of several thousand, yielding essentially noise-limited image

Year: 2002
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