Spectral index of the diffuse radio background measured from 100 to 200 MHz

Alan E.E. Rogers, Judd D. Bowman

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Abstract

The mean absolute brightness temperature of the diffuse radio background was measured as a function of frequency in a continuous band between 100 and 200 MHz over an effective solid angle of π sr at high Galactic latitude. A spectral brightness temperature index of β = 2.5 0.1 (αS = 0.5) was derived from the observations, where the error limits are 3σ and include estimates of the instrumental systematics. Zenith drift scans with central declination δ = -26.5° and spanning right ascensions 0 < α < 10 h yielded little variation in the mean spectral index. The mean absolute brightness temperature at ν = 150 MHz was found to reach a minimum of T = 237 10 K at α = 2.5 h. Combining these measurements with those of Haslam et al. yields a spectral index of β = 2.52 0.04 between 150 < ν < 408 MHz.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-648
Number of pages8
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume136
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

Keywords

  • Galaxy: general
  • Radio continuum: general
  • Techniques: spectroscopic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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