Confusion of Extragalactic Sources in the Mid- and Far-Infrared: Spitzer and Beyond

Dole, H., Rieke, G. H., Lagache, G., Puget, J.-L., Alonso-Herrero, A., Bai, L., Blaylock, M., Egami, E., Engelbracht, C. W., Gordon, K. D., Hines, D. C., Kelly, D. M., Le Floc'h, E., Misselt, K. A., Morrison, J. E., Muzerolle, J., Papovich, C., Pérez-González, P. G., Rieke, M. J., Rigby, J. R., Neugebauer, G., Stansberry, J. A., Su, K. Y. L., Young, E. T., Beichman, C. A., & Richards, P. L.
2004, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 154, 93

We use the source counts measured with the Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer at 24, 70, and 160 μm to determine the 5 σ confusion limits due to extragalactic sources: 56 μJy, 3.2 mJy, and 40 mJy at 24, 70, and 160 μm, respectively. We also make predictions for confusion limits for a number of proposed far-infrared missions of larger aperture (3.5-10 m diameter).


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