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BICEP: a large angular-scale CMB polarimeter
Author(s): Brian G. Keating; Peter A. R. Ade; James J. Bock; Eric Hivon; William L. Holzapfel; Andrew E. Lange; Hien Nguyen; Ki Won Yoon
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Paper Abstract

We describe the design and expected performance of BICEP, a millimeter wave receiver designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background. BICEP uses an array of polarization sensitive bolometers operating at 100 and 150 GHz to measure polarized signals over a 20 degree field of view with 1 degree resolution. BICEP is designed with particular attention to systematic effects which can potentially degrade the polarimetric fidelity of the observations. BICEP is optimized to detect the faint signature of a primordial gravitational wave background which is a generic prediction of inflationary cosmologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4843, Polarimetry in Astronomy, (14 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459274
Show Author Affiliations
Brian G. Keating, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Peter A. R. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
James J. Bock, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eric Hivon, IPAC (United States)
William L. Holzapfel, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Andrew E. Lange, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Hien Nguyen, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Ki Won Yoon, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4843:
Polarimetry in Astronomy
Silvano Fineschi, Editor(s)

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