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PILOT: a balloon-borne experiment to measure the polarized FIR emission of dust grains in the interstellar medium
Author(s): R. Misawa; J-Ph. Bernard; P. Ade; Y. André; P. de Bernardis; M. Bouzit; M. Charra; B. Crane; J. P. Dubois; C. Engel; M. Griffin; P. Hargrave; B. Leriche; Y. Longval; S. Maes; C. Marty; W. Marty; S. Masi; B. Mot; J. Narbonne; F. Pajot; G. Pisano; N. Ponthieu; I. Ristorcelli; L. Rodriguez; G. Roudil; M. Salatino; G. Savini; C. Tucker
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Paper Abstract

Future cosmology space missions will concentrate on measuring the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Back- ground, which potentially carries invaluable information about the earliest phases of the evolution of our universe. Such ambitious projects will ultimately be limited by the sensitivity of the instrument and by the accuracy at which polarized foreground emission from our own Galaxy can be subtracted out. We present the PILOT balloon project which will aim at characterizing one of these foreground sources, the polarization of the dust continuum emission in the diffuse interstellar medium. The PILOT experiment will also constitute a test-bed for using multiplexed bolometer arrays for polarization measurements. We present the results of ground tests obtained just before the first flight of the instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2014
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9153, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 91531H (23 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055506
Show Author Affiliations
R. Misawa, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (France)
J-Ph. Bernard, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (France)
P. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Y. André, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
P. de Bernardis, Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
M. Bouzit, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
M. Charra, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
B. Crane, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
J. P. Dubois, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
C. Engel, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (France)
M. Griffin, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
P. Hargrave, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
B. Leriche, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
Y. Longval, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
S. Maes, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. de Grenoble (France)
C. Marty, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. de Grenoble (France)
W. Marty, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. de Grenoble (France)
S. Masi, Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
B. Mot, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. de Grenoble (France)
J. Narbonne, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. de Grenoble (France)
F. Pajot, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
G. Pisano, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
N. Ponthieu, Grenoble Univ. (France)
I. Ristorcelli, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, Univ. de Grenoble (France)
L. Rodriguez, Saclay (France)
G. Roudil, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, Univ. de Grenoble (France)
M. Salatino, Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
G. Savini, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
C. Tucker, Cardiff Univ. (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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