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CMB polarimetry with BICEP: instrument characterization, calibration, and performance
Author(s): Yuki D. Takahashi; Denis Barkats; John O. Battle; Evan M. Bierman; James J. Bock; H. Cynthia Chiang; C. Darren Dowell; Eric F. Hivon; William L. Holzapfel; Viktor V. Hristov; William C. Jones; J. P. Kaufman; Brian G. Keating; John M. Kovac; Chao-Lin Kuo; Andrew E. Lange; Erik M. Leitch; Peter V. Mason; Tomotake Matsumura; Hien T. Nguyen; Nicolas Ponthieu; Graca M. Rocha; Ki Won Yoon; P. Ade; L. Duband
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Paper Abstract

Bicep is a ground-based millimeter-wave bolometric array designed to target the primordial gravity wave signature on the B-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at degree angular scales. Currently in its third year of operation at the South Pole, Bicep is measuring the CMB polarization with unprecedented sensitivity at 100 and 150 GHz in the cleanest available 2% of the sky, as well as deriving independent constraints on the diffuse polarized foregrounds with select observations on and off the Galactic plane. Instrument calibrations are discussed in the context of rigorous control of systematic errors, and the performance during the first two years of the experiment is reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 70201D (19 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790306
Show Author Affiliations
Yuki D. Takahashi, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Denis Barkats, California Institute of Technology (United States)
John O. Battle, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Evan M. Bierman, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
James J. Bock, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
H. Cynthia Chiang, California Institute of Technology (United States)
C. Darren Dowell, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eric F. Hivon, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (France)
William L. Holzapfel, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Viktor V. Hristov, California Institute of Technology (United States)
William C. Jones, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. P. Kaufman, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Brian G. Keating, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
John M. Kovac, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Chao-Lin Kuo, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Andrew E. Lange, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Erik M. Leitch, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Peter V. Mason, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Tomotake Matsumura, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Hien T. Nguyen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Nicolas Ponthieu, Univ. Paris XI (France)
Graca M. Rocha, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Ki Won Yoon, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
P. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
L. Duband, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)


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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