Towards an accurate alignment of the VLBI frame and the future Gaia optical frame: Global VLBI Imaging observations of a sample of candidate sources

G. Bourda 1 A. Collioud 1 P. Charlot 1 R. Porcas 2 S. Garrington 3
1 M2A 2012
L3AB - Laboratoire d'astrodynamique, d'astrophysique et d'aéronomie de bordeaux, OASU - Observatoire aquitain des sciences de l'univers, LAB - Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux [Pessac], Université Sciences et Technologies - Bordeaux 1
Abstract : The space astrometry mission Gaia will construct a dense optical QSO-based celestial reference frame. For consistency between optical and radio positions, it will be important to align the Gaia and VLBI frames with the highest accuracy. However, the number of quasars that are bright in optical wavelength (for the best position accuracy with Gaia), that have a compact core (to be detectable on VLBI scales), and that do not exhibit complex structures (to ensure a good astrometric quality), was found to be limited (Bourda et al. 2008). It was hence realized that the densification of the list of such objects was necessary. Accordingly, we initiated a multi-step VLBI observational project, dedicated to finding additional suitable radio sources for aligning the two frames. The sample consists of sim450 optically-bright weak extragalactic radio sources, which have been selected by cross-correlating optical and radio catalogs. The initial observations, aimed at checking whether these sources are detectable with VLBI, and conducted with the European VLBI Network (EVN) in 2007, showed an excellent sim90% detection rate (Bourda et al. 2010). The second step, dedicated to identify the most point-like sources of the sample, by imaging their VLBI structures, was initiated in 2008. About 25% of the detected targets were observed with the Global VLBI array (EVN+VLBA; Very Long Baseline Array) during a pilot imaging experiment, revealing that about 50% of them are point- like sources on VLBI scales (Bourda et al. 2011). The rest of the sources were observed during three additional imaging experiments in March 2010, November 2010 and March 2011. In this paper, we present the results of these imaging campaigns and draw plans for the final stage of the project, which will be dedicated to measuring accurately the VLBI position of the most point-like of such sources.
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7th IVS General Meeting "Launching the Next-Generation IVS Network, 2012, Madrid, Spain. -, pp.334-338, 2012
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G. Bourda, A. Collioud, P. Charlot, R. Porcas, S. Garrington. Towards an accurate alignment of the VLBI frame and the future Gaia optical frame: Global VLBI Imaging observations of a sample of candidate sources. 7th IVS General Meeting "Launching the Next-Generation IVS Network, 2012, Madrid, Spain. -, pp.334-338, 2012. 〈hal-00838352〉

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