Radio Fundamental Catalog
The Radio Fundamental Catalog (RFC) provides
for thousands of compact radio sources produced by analysis of
all available very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) observations
under absolute astrometry and geodesy programs. This catalogue forms the
backbone of astrometry with the highest accuracies for various applications,
such as differential astrometry, a pool of phase calibrators, a pool of
sources for geodetic VLBI, association with active galaxy nuclea (AGN)
objects observed in other wavelengths, ties with optical and infrared
astrometric catalogues, morphology study of AGNs, statistical analysis of
radio-loud AGN population, and many others.
- precise positions
with milli-arcseconds accuracies
- estimates of correlated flux
densities at baselines 1000–8000 km, and
The Radio Fundamental Catalog is currently under active development.
The current version of the catalogue rfc_2013b is available.
rfc_2013b catalogue of compact radio sources. This catalogue
is currently the most complete. It has
7623 objects. The catalogue includes all
sources observed with the VLBI under absolute astrometry and geodesy programs
from 1980.04.11 through 2013.04.02. Also 32,455 images in
of 5030 radio sources are available from the
database of brightness distributions and images of
compact radio sources.
The catalogue is often updated because 1) new data are available;
2) old data are reprocessed with advanced software; 3) errors are found
and corrected. Every 2–3 months a new release of the catalogue
Log of changes of the Radio Fundamental Catalogue.
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This web page was prepared by Leonid Petrov
Last update: 2013.04.20_21:00:27