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Thermal design and performance of the balloon-borne large aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry BLASTPol
Author(s): J. D. Soler; P. A. R. Ade; F. E. Angilè; S. J. Benton; M. J. Devlin; B. Dober; L. M. Fissel; Y. Fukui; N. Galitzki; N. N. Gandilo; J. Klein; A. L. Korotkov; T. G. Matthews; L. Moncelsi; A. Mroczkowski; C. B. Netterfield; G. Novak; D. Nutter; E. Pascale; F. Poidevin; G. Savini; D. Scott; Jamil A. Shariff; N. E. Thomas; M. D. Truch; C. E. Tucker; G. S. Tucker; D. Ward-Thompson
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Paper Abstract

We present the thermal model of the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLASTPol). This instrument was successfully own in two circumpolar flights from McMurdo, Antarctica in 2010 and 2012. During these two flights, BLASTPol obtained unprecedented information about the magnetic field in molecular clouds through the measurement of the polarized thermal emission of interstellar dust grains. The thermal design of the experiment addresses the stability and control of the payload necessary for this kind of measurement. We describe the thermal modeling of the payload including the sun-shielding strategy. We present the in-flight thermal performance of the instrument and compare the predictions of the model with the temperatures registered during the flight. We describe the difficulties of modeling the thermal behavior of the balloon-borne platform and establish landmarks that can be used in the design of future balloon-borne instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2014
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 914534 (22 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055431
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J. D. Soler, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS (France)
Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
P. A. R. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
F. E. Angilè, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
S. J. Benton, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
M. J. Devlin, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
B. Dober, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
L. M. Fissel, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS (Canada)
Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Y. Fukui, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
N. Galitzki, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
N. N. Gandilo, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
J. Klein, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
A. L. Korotkov, Brown Univ. (United States)
T. G. Matthews, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
L. Moncelsi, California Institute of Technology (United States)
A. Mroczkowski, US Naval Research Lab. (United States)
C. B. Netterfield, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Canada)
G. Novak, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
D. Nutter, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
E. Pascale, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
F. Poidevin, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
G. Savini, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
D. Scott, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Jamil A. Shariff, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
N. E. Thomas, Univ. of Miami (United States)
M. D. Truch, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
C. E. Tucker, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
G. S. Tucker, Brown Univ. (United States)
D. Ward-Thompson, Jeremiah Horrocks Institute of Maths, Physics, and Astronomy (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9145:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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