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Overcoming real-world obstacles in 21 cm power spectrum estimation: A method demonstration and results from early Murchison Widefield Array data

Dillon, Joshua; Liu, Adrian; Williams, Christopher L; Hewitt, Jacqueline N; Tegmark, Max; Morgan, Edward H; Levine, Alan M; Morales, Miguel F; Tingay, Steven; Bernardi, G; Briggs, Franklin


We present techniques for bridging the gap between idealized inverse covariance weighted quadratic estimation of 21 cm power spectra and the real-world challenges presented universally by interferometric observation. By carefully evaluating various estimators and adapting our techniques for large but incomplete data sets, we develop a robust power spectrum estimation framework that preserves the so-called Epoch of Reionization (EoR) window and keeps track of estimator errors and covariances. We...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review D-Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.89.023002
Access Rights: Open Access


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