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Published December 2010 | Published
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BLAST Observations of the South Ecliptic Pole Field: Number Counts and Source Catalogs


We present results from a survey carried out by the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST) on a 9 deg^2 field near the South Ecliptic Pole at 250, 350, and 500 μm. The median 1σ depths of the maps are 36.0, 26.4, and 18.4 mJy, respectively. We apply a statistical method to estimate submillimeter galaxy number counts and find that they are in agreement with other measurements made with the same instrument and with the more recent results from Herschel/SPIRE. Thanks to the large field observed, the new measurements give additional constraints on the bright end of the counts. We identify 132, 89, and 61 sources with S/N ≥4 at 250, 350, 500 μm, respectively and provide a multi-wavelength combined catalog of 232 sources with a significance ≥4σ in at least one BLAST band. The new BLAST maps and catalogs are available publicly at http://blastexperiment.info.

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© 2010 American Astronomical Society. Received 2010 July 16; accepted 2010 October 15; published 2010 November 15. BLAST acknowledges the support of NASA through grant numbers NAG5-12785, NAG5-13301, and NNGO-6GI11G, the NSF Office of Polar Programs, the Canadian Space Agency, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, and the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). This research has been enabled by the use of WestGrid computing resources.

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