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SPIDER: a new balloon-borne experiment to measure CMB polarization on large angular scales

Montroy, T. E., Ade, Peter A. R., Bihary, R., Bock, J. J., Bond, J. R., Brevick, J., Contaldi, C. R., Crill, B. P., Crites, A., Dore, O., Duband, L., Golwala, S. R., Halpern, M., Hilton, G., Holmes, W., Hristov, V. V., Irwin, K., Jones, W. C., Kuo, C. L., Lange, A. E., MacTavish, C. J., Mason, P., Mulder, J., Netterfield, C. B., Pascale, Enzo, Ruhl, J. E., Trangsrud, A., Tucker, Carole, Turner, A. and Viero, M. 2006. SPIDER: a new balloon-borne experiment to measure CMB polarization on large angular scales. Presented at: Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, Orlando, FL, USA, 24 May 2006. Published in: Stepp, L. M. ed. Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes [Proceedings]. Proceedings of the SPIE , vol. 6267. Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 10.1117/12.670339

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Abstract

We describe SPIDER, a novel balloon-borne experiment designed to measure the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) on large angular scales. The primary goal of SPIDER is to detect the faint signature of inflationary gravitational waves in the CMB polarization. The payload consists of six telescopes, each operating in a single frequency band and cooled to 4 K by a common LN/LHe cryostat. The primary optic for each telescope is a 25 cm diameter lens cooled to 4 K. Each telescope feeds an array of antenna coupled, polarization sensitive sub-Kelvin bolometers that covers a 20 degree diameter FOV with diffraction limited resolution. The six focal planes span 70 to 300 GHz in a manner optimized to separate polarized galactic emission from CMB polarization, and together contain over 2300 detectors. Polarization modulation is achieved by rotating a cryogenic half-wave plate in front of the primary optic of each telescope. The cryogenic system is designed for 30 days of operation. Observations will be conducted during the night portions of a mid-latitude, long duration balloon flight which will circumnavigate the globe from Australia. By spinning the payload at 1 rpm with the six telescopes fixed in elevation, SPIDER will map approximately half of the sky at each frequency on each night of the flight.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
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Publisher: SPIE
ISBN: 9780819463326
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:59
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/47275

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