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  • D.~J. Eden
  • T. J. T. Moore
  • R. Plume
  • J.S. Urquhart
  • H. Parsons
  • J. T. Dempsey
  • A.~J. Rigby
  • L. K. Morgan
  • H. S. Thomas
  • D J Berry
  • J. Buckle
  • Christopher M. Brunt
  • H. M. Butner
  • D. Carretero
  • A. Chrysostomou
  • M. J. Currie
  • H.~M. deVilliers
  • M. Fich
  • A. G. Gibb
  • M.G. Hoare
  • T. Jenness
  • G. Manser
  • J.~C. Mottram
  • C. Natario
  • F. Olguin
  • N. Peretto
  • M. Pestalozzi
  • D. Polychroni
  • R.~O. Redman
  • C. Salji
  • L.~J. Summers
  • K. Tahani
  • A. Traficante
  • J. diFrancesco
  • A. Evans
  • G. A. Fuller
  • D. Johnstone
  • G. Joncas
  • S.~N. Longmore
  • Gary P Martin
  • J. S. Richer
  • B. Weferling
  • Glenn J. White
  • M. Zhu
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
Pages (from-to)2163-2183
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal publication date1 Aug 2017
Early online date11 Apr 2017
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017


We present the first data release of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) Plane Survey (JPS), the JPS Public Release 1 (JPSPR1). JPS is an 850-um continuum survey of six fields in the northern inner Galactic Plane in a longitude range of l=7-63, made with the Sub-millimetre Common-User Bolometer Array 2 (SCUBA-2). This first data release consists of emission maps of the six JPS regions with an average pixel-to-pixel noise of 7.19 mJy beam^-1, when smoothed over the beam, and a compact-source catalogue containing 7,813 sources. The 95 per cent completeness limits of the catalogue are estimated at 0.04 Jy beam^-1 and 0.3 Jy for the peak and integrated flux densities, respectively. The emission contained in the compact-source catalogue is 42 +- 5 per cent of the total and, apart from the large-scale (greater than 8') emission, there is excellent correspondence with features in the 500-um Herschel maps. We find that, with two-dimensional matching, 98 +- 2 per cent of sources within the fields centred at l=20, 30, 40 and 50 are associated with molecular clouds, with 91 +- 3 per cent of the l=30 and 40 sources associated with dense molecular clumps. Matching the JPS catalogue to Herschel 70-um sources, we find that 38 +- 1 per cent of sources show evidence of ongoing star formation. The images and catalogue will be a valuable resource for studies of star formation in the Galaxy and the role of environment and spiral arms in the star formation process.


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