AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 41 Sunyaev-Zeldovich Observations of Clusters
Oral, Monday, 10:00-11:30am, January 9, 2006, Salon 3

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[41.02] First results from the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Array

S. J. C. Muchovej (Columbia University), J. E. Carlstrom, J. K. Cartwright, C. Greer (University of Chicago), D. Hawkins (California Institute of Technology, OVRO), R. Hennessy (University of Chicago), M. Joy (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center), J. Lamb (California Institute of Technology, OVRO), E. Leitch (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), M. Loh (University of Chicago), A. Miller, T. Mroczkowski (Columbia University), C. Pryke, B. Reddall (University of Chicago), G. Richardson (University of Alabama, Huntsville), M. Runyan, M. Sharp (University of Chicago), D. Woody (California Institute of Technology, OVRO)

We present the first Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) Effect observational results from the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Array (SZA). The SZA is an 8-telescope interferometer with an 8GHz correlator, desgined to be highly sensitive to the SZE on cluster scales. The array has been fully operational in the 26-36GHz band (1 cm) since Spring 2005. A twelve-degree blind survey that exploits the redshift-independence of the SZ Effect is currently underway; the survey limit being effectively a mass limit with little dependence on redshift. This talk will focus on early SZA results from targetted observations of cluster candidates. These cluster observations serve as a test of instrumental performance and as a test of the mass limit for the SZ survey.

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