CSOLOGO1 CSOLOGO2Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey (BGPS) Data Archive Released   

   The Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey (BGPS) is a 1.1 mm continuum survey of the Galactic Plane made using Bolocam on the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory. Millimeter-wavelength thermal dust emission reveals the repositories of the densest molecular gas, ranging in scale from cores to whole clouds. By pinpointing these regions, the connection of this gas to nascent and ongoing star formation may be explored. The BGPS coverage totals 170 square degrees (with 33" FWHM effective resolution). The survey is contiguous over the range -10.5deg < l < 90.5deg, |b| < 0.5deg.  Towards the Cygnus X spiral arm, the coverage was flared to |b| < 1.5deg for 75.5deg < l < 87.5deg. In addition, cross-cuts to |b| < 1.5deg were made at l = 3, 15, 30 and 31. The total area of this section is 133 square degrees. With the exception of the increase in latitude, no pre-selection criteria were applied to the coverage in this region. In addition to the contiguous region, four targeted regions in the outer Galaxy were observed: IC1396 (9 square degrees, 97.5deg < l < 100.5deg, 2.25deg < l < 5.25deg), a region towards the Perseus Arm (4 square degrees centered on l = 111deg, b=0deg near NGC7538), W3/4/5 (18 square degrees, 132.5deg < l < 138.5deg) and Gem OB1 (6 square degrees, 187.5deg < l < 193.5deg). The survey has detected approximately 8,400 sources, to an rms noise level in the maps ranging from 30 to 60 mJy beam-1. The BGPS survey and catalog provide an important database for future sub/millimeter observations with the Herschel Space Observatory, ALMA and others.

The maps and source catalog are in a public archive managed by NASA's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC), where a survey description  and documentation can be found.

For a detailed description of the BGPS observations and method, please refer to the BGPS paper

The data can be retrieved from the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive Web Site.

The BGPS project is supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF grant AST-0708403 to the University of Colorado.  J.A. was supported by a Jansky Fellowship from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The first observing runs for BGPS were supported by travel funds provided by NRAO. Team support was provided in part by NSF grant AST-0607793 to the Universityof Texas at Austin.

Figure 1.   The BOLOCAM GPS mosaics are overlayed in red on the all-sky ISSA image above.
Image credit:  NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive.  

Figure 2.   l = 10.5deg to l = 19.5deg Units are Jy beam1. In this figure and the following, the brightest sources, e.g.
Sgr B2, Sgr A, and sources near l = 10
deg and l = 13deg, appear to be saturated, but this is only a display artifact.
The astrophysical sources are always much fainter than the atmosphere (which is within the dynamic range of
the detectors) and therefore do not saturate. The noise is more pronounced from l = 7
deg to l = 2deg because this
region was observed less.

Figure 3.   l = 19.5deg to l = 49.5deg. Units are Jy beam1.  G34.3+0.15, W 51, W 43, W 49, and M 17 appear to be
saturated, but this  is the only a display artifact.  The 20
deg < l < 40deg region through the 4-8 kpc molecular ring and
approximately the termination of the galactic bar is particularly rich in clumps.

Figure 4.   l = 49.5deg to l = 74.5deg. In comparison to the inner galaxy, the 65deg < l < 75deg region has a very sparse
population of faint clumps.

Figure 5.   The Cygnus Arm. Note that coverage in b is extended to ±1.5 deg.

Figure 6.   Gem OB1. This region has been thoroughly surveyed in NH3, and is discussed in Dunham et al. (2009).

Figure 7.   The IC1396 region. In spite of copious CO emission here, there are only two faint sources detected in 9 square degrees.

Figure 8.   Cloud complexes centered at l = 111
deg  in the Perseus Arm. The NGC 7538 complex is in the upper-left.

Figure 9.   W3. The W3(OH)/W3 Main complex is the bright source on the right side of the image.

Figure 10.   W3. The W3(OH)/W3 Main complex is the bright source on the right side of the image.

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