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The balloon-borne large-aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry: BLAST-Pol
Author(s): Laura M. Fissel; Peter A. R. Ade; Francesco E. Angilè; Steven J. Benton; Edward L. Chapin; Mark J. Devlin; Natalie N. Gandilo; Joshua O. Gundersen; Peter C. Hargrave; David H. Hughes; Jeffrey Klein; Andrei L. Korotkov; Galen Marsden; Tristan G. Matthews; Lorenzo Moncelsi; Tony K. Mroczkowski; C. Barth Netterfield; Giles Novak; Luca Olmi; Enzo Pascale; Giorgio Savini; Douglas Scott; Jamil A. Shariff; Juan Diego Soler; Nicholas E. Thomas; Matthew D. P. Truch; Carole E. Tucker; Gregory S. Tucker; Derek Ward-Thompson; Donald V. Wiebe
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Paper Abstract

The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLAST-Pol) is a suborbital mapping experiment designed to study the role played by magnetic fields in the star formation process. BLAST-Pol is the reconstructed BLAST telescope, with the addition of linear polarization capability. Using a 1.8m Cassegrain telescope, BLAST-Pol images the sky onto a focal plane that consists of 280 bolometric detectors in three arrays, observing simultaneously at 250, 350, and 500μm. The diffraction-limited optical system provides a resolution of 30"at 250μm. The polarimeter consists of photolithographic polarizing grids mounted in front of each bolometer/ detector array. A rotating 4K achromatic half-wave plate provides additional polarization modulation. With its unprecedented mapping speed and resolution, BLAST-Pol will produce three-color polarization maps for a large number of molecular clouds. The instrument provides a much needed bridge in spatial coverage between larger-scale, coarse resolution surveys and narrow field of view, and high resolution observations of substructure within molecular cloud cores. The first science flight will be from McMurdo Station, Antarctica in December 2010.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2010
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7741, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 77410E (15 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857601
Show Author Affiliations
Laura M. Fissel, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Peter A. R. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Francesco E. Angilè, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Steven J. Benton, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Edward L. Chapin, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Mark J. Devlin, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Natalie N. Gandilo, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Joshua O. Gundersen, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Peter C. Hargrave, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
David H. Hughes, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)
Jeffrey Klein, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Andrei L. Korotkov, Brown Univ. (United States)
Galen Marsden, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Tristan G. Matthews, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Lorenzo Moncelsi, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Tony K. Mroczkowski, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
C. Barth Netterfield, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Giles Novak, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Luca Olmi, Univ. of Puerto Rico (United States)
INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Enzo Pascale, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Giorgio Savini, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Douglas Scott, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Jamil A. Shariff, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Juan Diego Soler, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Nicholas E. Thomas, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Matthew D. P. Truch, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Carole E. Tucker, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Gregory S. Tucker, Brown Univ. (United States)
Derek Ward-Thompson, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Donald V. Wiebe, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7741:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Wayne S. Holland; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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