VSOP polarization observing at 1.6 GHz and 5 GHz

Athol Kemball, Chris Flatters, Denise Gabuzda, George Moellenbrock, Philip Edwards, Edward Fomalont, Hisashi Hirabayashi, Shinji Horiuchi, Makoto Inoue, Hideyuki Kobayashi, Yasuhiro Murata

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We present and discuss the results of 1.6 GHz and 5 GHz test polarization observations obtained with HALCA, the VLBA, and phased VLA, specifically to evaluate the feasibility of calibrating and imaging HALCA polarization data. Our analysis provided the first demonstration that centimeter-wavelength polarization imaging using HALCA is technically viable for sources with sufficiently high correlated polarized flux densities, despite a number of factors which conspire to complicate the calibration, including relatively low sensitivity, inability to observe calibrators, lack of varying parallactic angle, and absence of redundant measurements on space baselines. The test data described here are limited and cannot rule out instrumental variability, but indicate that the HALCA instrumental polarization leakage is ∼ 2-5% at 1.6 GHz and ∼ 9-11% at 5 GHz. The prospects for effective polarization calibration on future orbiting VLBI missions are encouraging, especially since improvements in sensitivity are expected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1055-1066
Number of pages12
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: radio
  • Instruments
  • Quasars
  • Radio sources: general
  • Spacecraft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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