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The next-generation BLASTPol experiment
Author(s): Bradley J. Dober; Peter A. R. Ade; Peter Ashton; Francesco E. Angilè; James A. Beall; Dan Becker; Kristi J. Bradford; George Che; Hsiao-Mei Cho; Mark J. Devlin; Laura M. Fissel; Yasuo Fukui; Nicholas Galitzki; Jiansong Gao; Christopher E. Groppi; Seth Hillbrand; Gene C. Hilton; Johannes Hubmayr; Kent D. Irwin; Jeffrey Klein; Jeff Van Lanen; Dale Li; Zhi-Yun Li; Nathan P. Lourie; Hamdi Mani; Peter G. Martin; Philip Mauskopf; Fumitaka Nakamura; Giles Novak; David P. Pappas; Enzo Pascale; Fabio P. Santos; Giorgio Savini; Douglas Scott; Sara Stanchfield; Joel N. Ullom; Matthew Underhill; Michael R. Vissers; Derek Ward-Thompson
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Paper Abstract

The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLASTPol) is a suborbital mapping experiment designed to study the role magnetic fields play in star formation. BLASTPol has had two science flights from McMurdo Station, Antarctica in 2010 and 2012. These flights have produced thousands of polarization vectors at 250, 350 and 500 microns in several molecular cloud targets. We present the design, specifications, and progress towards the next-generation BLASTPol experiment (BLAST-TNG). BLAST-TNG will fly a 40% larger diameter primary mirror, with almost 8 times the number of polarization-sensitive detectors resulting in a factor of 16 increase in mapping speed. With a spatial resolution of 2200 and four times the field of view (340 arcmin2) of BLASTPol, BLAST-TNG will bridge the angular scales between Planck's all-sky maps with 50 resolution and ALMA's ultra-high resolution narrow (~ 2000) fields. The new receiver has a larger cryogenics volume, allowing for a 28 day hold time. BLAST-TNG employs three arrays of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) with 30% fractional bandwidth at 250, 350 and 500 microns. In this paper, we will present the new BLAST-TNG instrument and science objectives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9153, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 91530H (23 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054419
Show Author Affiliations
Bradley J. Dober, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Peter A. R. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Peter Ashton, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Francesco E. Angilè, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
James A. Beall, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Dan Becker, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Kristi J. Bradford, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
George Che, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Hsiao-Mei Cho, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Mark J. Devlin, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Laura M. Fissel, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Yasuo Fukui, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Nicholas Galitzki, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Jiansong Gao, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Christopher E. Groppi, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Seth Hillbrand, California State Univ., Sacramento (United States)
Gene C. Hilton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Johannes Hubmayr, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Kent D. Irwin, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Jeffrey Klein, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Jeff Van Lanen, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Dale Li, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Zhi-Yun Li, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Nathan P. Lourie, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Hamdi Mani, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Peter G. Martin, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Philip Mauskopf, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Fumitaka Nakamura, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Giles Novak, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
David P. Pappas, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Enzo Pascale, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Fabio P. Santos, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Giorgio Savini, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Douglas Scott, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Sara Stanchfield, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Joel N. Ullom, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Matthew Underhill, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Michael R. Vissers, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Derek Ward-Thompson, Univ. of Central Lancashire (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9153:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Wayne S. Holland; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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