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POL-2: a polarimeter for the James-Clerk-Maxwell telescope
Author(s): Per Friberg; Pierre Bastien; David Berry; Giorgio Savini; Sarah F. Graves; Kate Pattle
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Paper Abstract

The POL-2 polarimeter for the SCUBA-2 10 000 pixel Terahertz camera on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in it's late state of commissioning. Proposals have been accepted for POL-2 and general observing will start in August 2016. SCUBA-2 has a field of view of 43 arcmin at both of the 850 and 450 μm focal planes. POL-2 will map the sky in the the 850 μm band. The POL-2 polarimeter utilizes three optical components: a half wave plate and two wire-grid polarizers used as calibrator and analyzer covering the full field of SCUBA-2. We describe the instrument, data acquisition and features/artifacts that have been encountered during the commissioning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9914, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, 991403 (19 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231943
Show Author Affiliations
Per Friberg, East Asian Observatory (United States)
Pierre Bastien, Univ. de Montréal (Canada)
David Berry, East Asian Observatory (United States)
Giorgio Savini, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Sarah F. Graves, East Asian Observatory (United States)
Kate Pattle, Univ. of Central Lancashire (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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