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Inflight performance of the PILOT balloon-borne experiment
Author(s): J.-Ph. Bernard; P. Ade; Y. André; J. Aumont; L. Bautista; N. Bray; P. de Bernardis; O. Boulade; F. Bousquet; M. Bouzit; V. Buttice; A. Caillat; M. Charra; M. Chaigneau; B. Crane; J.-P. Crussaire; F. Douchin; E. Doumayrou; J. P. Dubois; C. Engel; P. Etcheto; P. Gélot; M. Griffin; G. Foenard; S. Grabarnik; P. Hargrave; A. Hughes; R. Laureijs; Y. Lepennec; B. Leriche; Y. Longval; S. Maestre; B. Maffei; J. Martignac; C. Marty; W. Marty; S. Masi; F. Mirc; R. Misawa; J. Montel; L. Montier; B. Mot; J. Narbonne; J-M. Nicot; F. Pajot; G. Parot; E. Pérot; J. Pimentao; G. Pisano; N. Ponthieu; I. Ristorcelli; L. Rodriguez; G. Roudil; M. Salatino; G. Savini; O. Simonella; M. Saccoccio; P. Tapie; J. Tauber; J.-P. Torre; C. Tucker
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Paper Abstract

PILOT is a stratospheric experiment designed to measure the polarization of dust FIR emission, towards the diffuse interstellar medium. The first PILOT flight was carried out from Timmins in Ontario-Canada on September 20th 2015. The flight has been part of a launch campaign operated by the CNES, which has allowed to launch 4 experiments, including PILOT. The purpose of this paper is to describe the performance of the instrument in flight and to perform a first comparison with those achieved during ground tests. The analysis of the flight data is on-going, in particular the identification of instrumental systematic effects, the minimization of their impact and the quantification of their remaining effect on the polarization data. At the end of this paper, we shortly illustrate the quality of the scientific observations obtained during this first flight, at the current stage of systematic effect removal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2016
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9914, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, 99140W (19 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231872
Show Author Affiliations
J.-Ph. Bernard, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
P. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Y. André, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
J. Aumont, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
L. Bautista, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
N. Bray, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
P. de Bernardis, Univ. degli studi di Roma (Italy)
O. Boulade, CEA-Ctr. de SACLAY (France)
F. Bousquet, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
M. Bouzit, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
V. Buttice, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
A. Caillat, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
M. Charra, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
M. Chaigneau, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
B. Crane, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
J.-P. Crussaire, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
F. Douchin, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
E. Doumayrou, CEA-Ctr. de SACLAY (France)
J. P. Dubois, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
C. Engel, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
P. Etcheto, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
P. Gélot, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
M. Griffin, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
G. Foenard, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
S. Grabarnik, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
P. Hargrave, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. Hughes, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
R. Laureijs, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Y. Lepennec, CEA-Ctr. de SACLAY (France)
B. Leriche, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
Y. Longval, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
S. Maestre, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (France)
B. Maffei, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
J. Martignac, CEA-Ctr. de SACLAY (France)
C. Marty, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
W. Marty, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
S. Masi, Univ. degli studi di Roma (Italy)
F. Mirc, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
R. Misawa, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
J. Montel, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
L. Montier, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
B. Mot, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
J. Narbonne, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
J-M. Nicot, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
F. Pajot, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
G. Parot, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
E. Pérot, Thales Services (France)
J. Pimentao, Univ. degli studi di Roma (Italy)
G. Pisano, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
N. Ponthieu, Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, Univ. Grenoble Alpes (France)
I. Ristorcelli, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
L. Rodriguez, CEA-Ctr. de SACLAY (France)
G. Roudil, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS (France)
M. Salatino, Univ. degli studi di Roma (Italy)
G. Savini, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
O. Simonella, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
M. Saccoccio, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
P. Tapie, Ctr. National des Etudes Spatiales (France)
J. Tauber, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
J.-P. Torre, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Paris-Saclay, CNRS (France)
C. Tucker, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9914:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
Wayne S. Holland; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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