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The balloon-borne large-aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry-BLASTPol: Performance and results from the 2010 Antarctic flight

Stepp, Larry M., Pascale, Enzo, Ade, Peter A. R., Angilè, Francesco E., Benton, Steven J., Devlin, Mark J., Dober, Brad, Fissel, Laura M., Fukui, Yasuo, Gandilo, Natalie N., Gundersen, Joshua O., Hargrave, Peter C., Klein, Jeffrey, Korotkov, Andrei L., Matthews, Tristan G., Moncelsi, Lorenzo, Mroczkowski, Tony K., Netterfield, C. Barth, Novak, Giles, Nutter, David, Olmi, Luca, Poidevin, Frédérick, Savini, Giorgio, Scott, Douglas, Shariff, Jamil A., Soler, Juan Diego, Thomas, Nicholas E., Truch, Matthew D. P., Tucker, Carole, Tucker, Gregory S., Ward-Thompson, Derek, Gilmozzi, Roberto and Hall, Helen J. 2012. The balloon-borne large-aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry-BLASTPol: Performance and results from the 2010 Antarctic flight. Presented at: SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1 July 2012. Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV. The International Society for Optical Engineering, p. 844415. 10.1117/12.927211

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Abstract

The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLASTPol) is a suborbital mapping experiment designed to study the role played by magnetic fields in the star formation process. BLASTPol uses a total power instrument and an achromatic half-wave plate to modulate the polarization signal. During its first flight from Antarctica in December 2010, BLASTPol made degree scale maps of linearly polarized dust emission from molecular clouds in three wavebands centered at 250, 350, and 500 μm. This unprecedented dataset in terms of sky coverage, with sub-arcminute resolution, allows BLASTPol to trace magnetic fields in star-forming regions at scales ranging from cores to entire molecular cloud complexes. A second long-duration flight is scheduled for December 2012.© (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN: 0277-786X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:57
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/46766

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