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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