Planck 2015 results. XII. Full Focal Plane simulations

Abstract : We present the 8th Full Focal Plane simulation set (FFP8), deployed in support of the Planck 2015 results. FFP8 consists of 10 fiducial mission realizations reduced to 18144 maps, together with the most massive suite of Monte Carlo realizations of instrument noise and CMB ever generated, comprising $10^4$ mission realizations reduced to about $10^6$ maps. The resulting maps incorporate the dominant instrumental, scanning, and data analysis effects; remaining subdominant effects will be included in future updates. Generated at a cost of some 25 million CPU-hours spread across multiple high-performance-computing (HPC) platforms, FFP8 is used for the validation and verification of analysis algorithms, as well as their implementations, and for removing biases from and quantifying uncertainties in the results of analyses of the real data.
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P. A. R. Ade, A. Benoit, A. Catalano, C. Combet, F. Couchot, et al.. Planck 2015 results. XII. Full Focal Plane simulations. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, EDP Sciences, 2016, 594, pp.A12. ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/201527103⟩. ⟨in2p3-01202980⟩

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