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BICEP2/SPUD: searching for inflation with degree scale polarimetry from the South Pole
Author(s): Hien Trong Nguyen; John Kovac; Peter Ade; Randol Aikin; Steve Benton; James Bock; Justus Brevik; John Carlstrom; Darren Dowell; Lionel Duband; Sunil Golwala; Mark Halpern; Matthew Hasslefield; Kent Irwin; William Jones; Jonathan Kaufman; Brian Keating; Chao-Lin Kuo; Andrew Lange; Tomotake Matsumura; Barth Netterfield; Clem Pryke; John Ruhl; Chris Sheehy; Rashmi Sudiwala
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Paper Abstract

BICEP2/SPUD is the new powerful upgrade of the existing BICEP1 experiment, a bolometric receiver to study the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation, which has been in operation at the South Pole since January 2006. BICEP2 will provide an improvement up to 10 times mapping speed at 150 GHz compared to BICEP1, using the same BICEP telescope mount. SPUD, a series of compact, mechanically-cooled receivers deployed on the DASI mount at the Pole, will provide similar mapping speed in to BICEP2 in three bands, 100, 150, and 220 GHz. The new system will use large TES focal plane arrays to provide unprecedented sensitivity and excellent control of foreground contamination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 70201F (21 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787997
Show Author Affiliations
Hien Trong Nguyen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John Kovac, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Peter Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Randol Aikin, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Steve Benton, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
James Bock, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Justus Brevik, California Institute of Technology (United States)
John Carlstrom, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Darren Dowell, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Lionel Duband, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (France)
Sunil Golwala, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Mark Halpern, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Matthew Hasslefield, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Kent Irwin, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
William Jones, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jonathan Kaufman, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Brian Keating, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Chao-Lin Kuo, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Andrew Lange, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Tomotake Matsumura, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Barth Netterfield, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Clem Pryke, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
John Ruhl, Case Western Univ. (United States)
Chris Sheehy, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Rashmi Sudiwala, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7020:
Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
William D. Duncan; Wayne S. Holland; Stafford Withington; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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