On the calibration of full-polarization 86GHz global VLBI observations
Journal article, 2012

We report the development of a semi-automatic pipeline for the calibration of 86GHz full-polarization observations performed with the Global Millimeter-VLBI array (GMVA) and describe the calibration strategy followed in the data reduction. Our calibration pipeline involves non-standard procedures, since VLBI polarimetry at frequencies above 43GHz has not yet been well established. We also present, for the first time, a full-polarization global-VLBI image at 86GHz (source 3C 345), as an example of the final product of our calibration pipeline, and discuss the effect of instrumental limitations on the fidelity of the polarization images. Our calibration strategy is not exclusive to the GMVA, and could be applied to other VLBI arrays at millimeter wavelengths. The use of this pipeline will allow GMVA observers to obtain fully calibrated datasets shortly after the data correlation.



radio continuum: general

86 ghz


instrumentation: interferometers


techniques: interferometric





Ivan Marti-Vidal

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Onsala Space Observatory

T. P. Krichbaum

Max Planck Institute

A. Marscher

Boston University

W. Alef

Max Planck Institute

A. Bertarini

University of Bonn

Max Planck Institute

U. Bach

Max Planck Institute

F. K. Schinzel

Max Planck Institute

University of New Mexico

H. Rottmann

Max Planck Institute

J. M. Anderson

Max Planck Institute

A.J. Zensus

Max Planck Institute

M. Bremer

Institut de RadioAstronomie Millimetrique (IRAM)

S. Sanchez

Instituto de Radioastronomía Milimétrica

Michael Lindqvist

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Onsala Space Observatory

Ari Mujunen

Aalto University

Astronomy and Astrophysics

0004-6361 (ISSN) 1432-0746 (eISSN)

Vol. 542 A107- A107

Subject Categories

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology


Basic sciences


Onsala Space Observatory



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