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BICEP2/SPUD: searching for inflation with degree scale polarimetry from the South Pole

[+] Author Affiliations
Hien Trong Nguyen, James Bock, Darren Dowell, William Jones

Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

John Kovac, Randol Aikin, Justus Brevik, Andrew Lange, Tomotake Matsumura

California Institute of Technology (United States)

Peter Ade, Sunil Golwala, Barth Netterfield

Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)

Steve Benton, Rashmi Sudiwala

Univ. of Toronto (Canada)

John Carlstrom, Clem Pryke, Chris Sheehy

Univ. of Chicago (United States)

Lionel Duband

Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)

Mark Halpern, Matthew Hasslefield

Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)

Kent Irwin

National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)

Jonathan Kaufman, Brian Keating

Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)

Chao-Lin Kuo

Stanford Univ. (United States)

John Ruhl

Case Western Univ. (United States)

Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 70201F (August 28, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.787997
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  • Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
  • William D. Duncan; Wayne S. Holland; Stafford Withington; Jonas Zmuidzinas
  • Marseille, France | June 23, 2008

abstract

BICEP2/SPUD is the new powerful upgrade of the existing BICEP1 experiment, a bolometric receiver to study the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation, which has been in operation at the South Pole since January 2006. BICEP2 will provide an improvement up to 10 times mapping speed at 150 GHz compared to BICEP1, using the same BICEP telescope mount. SPUD, a series of compact, mechanically-cooled receivers deployed on the DASI mount at the Pole, will provide similar mapping speed in to BICEP2 in three bands, 100, 150, and 220 GHz. The new system will use large TES focal plane arrays to provide unprecedented sensitivity and excellent control of foreground contamination.

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Citation

Hien Trong Nguyen ; John Kovac ; Peter Ade ; Randol Aikin ; Steve Benton, et al.
"BICEP2/SPUD: searching for inflation with degree scale polarimetry from the South Pole", Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 70201F (August 28, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.787997; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.787997


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