The Rapid ASKAP Continuum Survey I: Design and First Results. (arXiv:2012.00747v1 [astro-ph.IM])

The Rapid ASKAP Continuum Survey I: Design and First Results. (arXiv:2012.00747v1 [astro-ph.IM])
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The Rapid ASKAP Continuum Survey (RACS) is the first large-area survey to be
conducted with the full 36-antenna Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder
(ASKAP) telescope. RACS will provide a shallow model of the ASKAP sky that will
aid the calibration of future deep ASKAP surveys. RACS will cover the whole sky
visible from the ASKAP site in Western Australia, and will cover the full ASKAP
band of $700-1800$ MHz. The RACS images are generally deeper than the existing
NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS) and Sydney University Molonglo Sky Survey (SUMSS)
radio surveys and have better spatial resolution. All RACS survey products will
be public, including radio images (with $sim 15$ arcsecond resolution) and
catalogues of about three million source components with spectral index and
polarisation information. In this paper, we present a description of the RACS
survey and the first data release of 903 images covering the sky south of
declination $+41^circ$ made over a 288 MHz band centred at 887.5 MHz.

The Rapid ASKAP Continuum Survey (RACS) is the first large-area survey to be
conducted with the full 36-antenna Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder
(ASKAP) telescope. RACS will provide a shallow model of the ASKAP sky that will
aid the calibration of future deep ASKAP surveys. RACS will cover the whole sky
visible from the ASKAP site in Western Australia, and will cover the full ASKAP
band of $700-1800$ MHz. The RACS images are generally deeper than the existing
NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS) and Sydney University Molonglo Sky Survey (SUMSS)
radio surveys and have better spatial resolution. All RACS survey products will
be public, including radio images (with $sim 15$ arcsecond resolution) and
catalogues of about three million source components with spectral index and
polarisation information. In this paper, we present a description of the RACS
survey and the first data release of 903 images covering the sky south of
declination $+41^circ$ made over a 288 MHz band centred at 887.5 MHz.

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