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SPIDER: a balloon-borne large-scale CMB polarimeter
Author(s): B. P. Crill; P. A. R. Ade; E. S. Battistelli; S. Benton; R. Bihary; J. J. Bock; J. R. Bond; J. Brevik; S. Bryan; C. R. Contaldi; O. Doré; M. Farhang; L. Fissel; S. R. Golwala; M. Halpern; G. Hilton; W. Holmes; V. V. Hristov; K. Irwin; W. C. Jones; C. L. Kuo; A. E. Lange; C. Lawrie; C. J. MacTavish; T. G. Martin; P. Mason; T. E. Montroy; C. B. Netterfield; E. Pascale; D. Riley; J. E. Ruhl; M. C. Runyan; A. Trangsrud; C. Tucker; A. Turner; M. Viero; D. Wiebe
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Paper Abstract

Spider is a balloon-borne experiment that will measure the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background over a large fraction of a sky at ~ 1° resolution. Six monochromatic refracting millimeter-wave telescopes with large arrays of antenna-coupled transition-edge superconducting bolometers will provide system sensitivities of 4.2 and 3.1 μKcmb√s at 100 and 150 GHz, respectively. A rotating half-wave plate will modulate the polarization sensitivity of each telescope, controlling systematics. Bolometer arrays operating at 225 GHz and 275 GHz will allow removal of polarized galactic foregrounds. In a 2-6 day first flight from Alice Springs, Australia in 2010, Spider will map 50% of the sky to a depth necessary to improve our knowledge of the reionization optical depth by a large factor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70102P (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787446
Show Author Affiliations
B. P. Crill, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
P. A. R. Ade, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
E. S. Battistelli, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
S. Benton, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
R. Bihary, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
J. J. Bock, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. R. Bond, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
J. Brevik, California Institute of Technology (United States)
S. Bryan, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
C. R. Contaldi, Imperial College (United Kingdom)
O. Doré, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
M. Farhang, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
L. Fissel, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
S. R. Golwala, California Institute of Technology (United States)
M. Halpern, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
G. Hilton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
W. Holmes, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
V. V. Hristov, California Institute of Technology (United States)
K. Irwin, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
W. C. Jones, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
C. L. Kuo, Stanford Univ. (United States)
A. E. Lange, California Institute of Technology (United States)
C. Lawrie, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
C. J. MacTavish, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
T. G. Martin, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
P. Mason, California Institute of Technology (United States)
T. E. Montroy, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
C. B. Netterfield, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
E. Pascale, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
D. Riley, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
J. E. Ruhl, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
M. C. Runyan, California Institute of Technology (United States)
A. Trangsrud, California Institute of Technology (United States)
C. Tucker, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. Turner, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
M. Viero, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
D. Wiebe, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7010:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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