# Difference between revisions of "Simulation Recipes"

## Massively Under Construction

(i.e. don't believe what you see here yet, or ask me when it doesn't make sense :)

## Nearby edge-on spiral

Roughly modeled after NGC891

• model data: Milky Way 13CO from the Galactic Ring Survey on the 14m FCRAO
• units: K - first convert to flux surface brightness

$\displaystyle{ \frac{Jy}{Sr} = \frac{4\times 10^{23} k T}{\pi D^2 \Omega} }$, where $\displaystyle{ \Omega }$ is the beam solid angle. At 110GHz the factor is 2x108

now we need to decide if this model data will work at the desired pixel scale

2x108 * (.04/206265)2 = 7.9x10-6 to obtain Jy/pixel. The cube peaks at ~3K, so we can perform the simulation with inbright=2.3e-5, which should yield a peak of ~0.3mJy/bm.

will we be dominated by the noise in the input model?

• input noise ~150mK or S/N~20, so at our scaled intensity, ~0.015 mJy/bm. The exposure time calculator says that ALMA will achieve 2.6mJy/bm in 2 hours if we keep the input 212m/s channel width (0.075MHz), so the noise in the input model should not affect our results.

setup:

• the ALMA 12m primary beam is 50" so we'd space a mosaic by 25", but the model cube has 326x357 pixels, or 13 arcsec with our small pixels. That's a lot smaller than the primary beam, so it doesn't matter much what output image size we ask for.
• there are 659 channels in the input cube, so we'll keep the same width and nchan.

here're the simdata inputs :

CASA <> execfile("simdata.ngc891.last")
CASA <> go simdata