Results of the GSFC/MIT Medium Scale Anisotropy Measurement (MSAM)

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Session 77 -- Cosmic Background Radiation
Oral presentation, Thursday, 2:30-4:00, Dwinelle 145 Room

[77.05] Results of the GSFC/MIT Medium Scale Anisotropy Measurement (MSAM)

J. Puchalla, C. Inman, S. Meyer (MIT), E. Cheng, D. Cottingham, D. Fixsen, P. Gentieu, M. Kowitt, R. Silverberg (GSFC), L. Page (Princeton)

A four channel balloon-bourne radiometer has been successfully flown by Goddard Space Flight Center and MIT in June of 1992. The passband central frequencies range from 6 to $22 cm^{-1}$ with a measured beam FWHM of ~ 0.5 degrees. A nutating secondary provides a 1.4 degree peak to peak throw at $2 Hz$. Flight observations include 14 twenty minute CMBR scans 8 degrees from the North Celestial Pole and two calibrations using Jupiter and Saturn. The 4.6 hours of scan data have been spectrally decomposed into a CMBR Planck component and a dust component. Comparison of the dust component to the IRAS 100 micron data convolved with our beam is excellent. Results and constraints implied by the Planckian component are presented. Work supported in part by NASA grant NGT 50908.

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