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

Hien Trong Nguyen, John Kovac, Peter Ade, Randol Aikin, Steve Benton, Jamie Bock, Justus Brevik, John Carlstrom, Darren Dowell, Lionel Duband, Sunil Golwala, Mark Halpern, Matthew Hasselfield, Kent Irwin, William Jones, Jonathan Kaufman, Brian Keating, Chao Lin Kuo, Andrew Lange, Tomotake MatsumuraBarth Netterfield, Clem Pryke, John Ruhl, Chris Sheehy, Rashmi Sudiwala

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
EventMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV - Marseille, France
Duration: Jun 26 2008Jun 28 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7020
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
CountryFrance
CityMarseille
Period6/26/086/28/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Keywords

  • Bolometer
  • CMB
  • Polarization
  • South pole
  • TES

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    Nguyen, H. T., Kovac, J., Ade, P., Aikin, R., Benton, S., Bock, J., Brevik, J., Carlstrom, J., Dowell, D., Duband, L., Golwala, S., Halpern, M., Hasselfield, M., Irwin, K., Jones, W., Kaufman, J., Keating, B., Kuo, C. L., Lange, A., ... Sudiwala, R. (2008). BICEP2/SPUD: Searching for inflation with degree scale polarimetry from the South Pole. In Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV [70201F] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 7020). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.787997