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40. Preliminary statistics of discrete sources obtained with the ‘Mills Cross’

  • J. L. Pawsey (a1)

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The statistics of the discrete sources observed in Cambridge and the interpretation given by Ryle and his colleagues constitute one of the most interesting items of recent astronomy. It is therefore of great importance to check the observational data and this can be done from the independent results being obtained in Sydney by Mills and his colleagues with the 85 Mc./s. Mills Cross. With this in mind Ryle sent me some two months ago a pre-publication account of the Cambridge work. (Now published, Ryle and Scheuer, 1955[1].) The currently available observations with the Mills Cross are not yet sufficient to give a decisive answer, but those available disagree with the Cambridge ones. Because of the importance of the subject it seems desirable to give here an interim account of these observations. The general position of the observations is discussed in a separate paper (paper 18, Pawsey). As stated there observations to date have been aimed at the study of known objects. The beam in each case was adjusted to the appropriate declination and an extended record, including the selected object in a small section, was taken. Most of these records have been examined for discrete sources and such sources listed with their intensities when sufficient records at adjacent declinations were available to delineate them. The list was restricted to sources which, within the 50′ limits of resolution of the equipment, appeared to be discrete point sources. Extended sources were neglected. This method gives an irregular coverage of the sky so that the sampling must be watched.

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1. Ryle, M. and Scheuer, P. A. G. Proc. Roy. Soc. A , 230, 448, 1955.

40. Preliminary statistics of discrete sources obtained with the ‘Mills Cross’

  • J. L. Pawsey (a1)

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