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BFORE: a CMB balloon payload to measure reionization, neutrino mass, and cosmic inflation
Author(s): Sean Bryan; Peter Ade; J. Richard Bond; Francois Boulanger; Mark Devlin; Simon Doyle; Jeffrey Filippini; Laura Fissel; Christopher Groppi; Gilbert Holder; Johannes Hubmayr; Philip Mauskopf; Jeffrey McMahon; Johanna Nagy; C. Barth Netterfield; Michael Niemack; Giles Novak; Enzo Pascale; Giampaolo Pisano; John Ruhl; Douglas Scott; Juan Soler; Carole Tucker; Joaquin Vieira
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Paper Abstract

BFORE is a high-altitude ultra-long-duration balloon mission to map the cosmic microwave background (CMB). During a 28-day mid-latitude ight launched from Wanaka, New Zealand, the instrument will map half the sky to improve measurements of the optical depth to reionization tau. This will break parameter degeneracies needed to detect neutrino mass. BFORE will also hunt for the gravitational wave B-mode signal, and map Galactic dust foregrounds. The mission will be the first near-space use of TES/mSQUID multichroic detectors (150/217 GHz and 280/353 GHz bands) with low-power readout electronics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 2018
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10708, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX, 1070805 (13 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313772
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Sean Bryan, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Peter Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
J. Richard Bond, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Francois Boulanger, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
Mark Devlin, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Simon Doyle, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Jeffrey Filippini, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Laura Fissel, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Christopher Groppi, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Gilbert Holder, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Johannes Hubmayr, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Philip Mauskopf, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Jeffrey McMahon, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Johanna Nagy, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
C. Barth Netterfield, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Michael Niemack, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Giles Novak, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Enzo Pascale, Sapienza Univ. di Roma (Italy)
Giampaolo Pisano, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
John Ruhl, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Douglas Scott, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Juan Soler, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Germany)
Carole Tucker, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Joaquin Vieira, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10708:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX
Jonas Zmuidzinas; Jian-Rong Gao, Editor(s)

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