Astronomy Letters

, Volume 43, Issue 10, pp 644–655 | Cite as

A model of the cosmic infrared background produced by distant galaxies

  • S. V. Pilipenko
  • M. V. Tkachev
  • A. A. Ermash
  • T. I. Larchenkova
  • E. V. Mikheeva
  • V. N. Lukash


The extragalactic background radiation produced by distant galaxies emitting in the far infrared limits the sensitivity of telescopes operating in this range due to confusion. We have constructed a model of the infrared background based on numerical simulations of the large-scale structure of the Universe and the evolution of dark matter halos. The predictions of this model agree well with the existing data on source counts. We have constructed maps of a sky field with an area of 1 deg2 directly from our simulated observations and measured the confusion limit. At wavelengths 100–300 μm the confusion limit for a 10-m telescope has been shown to be at least an order of magnitude lower than that for a 3.5-m one. A spectral analysis of the simulated infrared background maps clearly reveals the large-scale structure of the Universe. The two-dimensional power spectrum of these maps has turned out to be close to that measured by space observatories in the infrared. However, the fluctuations in the number of intensity peaks observed in the simulated field show no clear correlation with superclusters of galaxies; the large-scale structure has virtually no effect on the confusion limit.


far infrared evolution of galaxies cosmology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. V. Pilipenko
    • 1
  • M. V. Tkachev
    • 1
  • A. A. Ermash
    • 1
  • T. I. Larchenkova
    • 1
  • E. V. Mikheeva
    • 1
  • V. N. Lukash
    • 1
  1. 1.Lebedev Physical InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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