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On sky characterization of the BAORadio wide band digital backend

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We have observed regions of three galaxy clusters at z∼ [0.06, 0.09] (Abell85, Abell1205, Abell2440), as well as calibration sources with the Nancay radiotelescope (NRT) to search for 21 cm emission and fully characterize the FPGA based BAORadio digital backend. The total observation time of few hours per source have been distributed over few months, from March 2011 to January 2012, due to scheduling constraints of the NRT, which is a transit telescope. Data have been acquired in parallel with the NRT standard correlator (ACRT) back-end, as well as with the BAORadio data acquisition system. The latter enables wide band instantaneous observation of the [1250, 1500]MHz frequency range, as well as the use of powerful RFI mitigation methods thanks to its fine time sampling. A number of questions related to instrument stability, data processing and calibration are discussed. We have obtained the radiometer curves over the integration time range [0.01,10 000] seconds and we show that sensitivities of few mJy over most of the wide frequency band can be reached with the NRT. It is clearly shown that in blind line search, which is the context of HI intensity mapping for Baryon Acoustic Oscillations, the new acquisition system and processing pipeline outperforms the standard one. We report a positive detection of 21 cm emission at 3 sigma-level from galaxies in the outer region of Abell85 at 1352 MHz (14 400 km/s) corresponding to a line strength of 0.8 Jy km/s. We observe also an excess power around 1318 MHz (21 600 km/s), although at lower statistical significance, compatible with emission from Abell1205 galaxies. Detected radio line emissions have been cross matched with optical catalogs and we have derived hydrogen mass estimates.

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in2p3-01150894 , version 1 (12-05-2015)



R. Ansari, Jean-Eric Campagne, P. Colom, C. Ferrari, Ch. Magneville, et al.. On sky characterization of the BAORadio wide band digital backend. Experimental Astronomy, 2016, 41 (1-2), ⟨10.1007/s10686-015-9477-7⟩. ⟨in2p3-01150894⟩
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