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Volume 428, Number 1, December II 2004
Page(s) 287 - 298
Section Instruments, observational techniques, and data processing

A&A 428, 287-298 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200400060

A maximum likelihood approach to the destriping technique

E. Keihänen1, 2, H. Kurki-Suonio1, T. Poutanen2, D. Maino3 and C. Burigana4

1  University of Helsinki, Department of Physical Sciences, PO Box 64, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
2  Helsinki Institute of Physics, PO Box 64, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
3  Dipartimento di Fisica, Universitá di Milano, via Celoria 16, 20131 Milano, Italy
4  IASF/CNR, Sezione di Bologna, via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy

(Received 24 April 2003 / Accepted 28 June 2004 )

The destriping technique is a viable tool for removing different kinds of systematic effects in CMB-related experiments. It has already been proven to work for gain instabilities that produce the so-called  1/f noise and periodic fluctuations due to e.g. thermal instability. Both effects, when coupled to the observing strategy, result in stripes on the observed sky region. Here we present a maximum-likelihood approach to this type of technique and provide also a useful generalization. As a working case we consider a data set similar to what the PLANCK satellite will produce in its Low Frequency Instrument (LFI). We compare our method to those presented in the literature and find some improvement in performance. Our approach is also more general and allows for different base functions to be used when fitting the systematic effect under consideration. We study the effect of increasing the number of these base functions on the quality of signal cleaning and reconstruction. This study is related to PLANCK LFI activities.

Key words: methods: data analysis -- cosmology: cosmic microwave background

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