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SPIDER: a balloon-borne CMB polarimeter for large angular scales
Author(s): J. P. Filippini; P. A. R. Ade; M. Amiri; S. J. Benton; R. Bihary; J. J. Bock; J. R. Bond; J. A. Bonetti; S. A. Bryan; B. Burger; H. C. Chiang; C. R. Contaldi; B. P. Crill; O. Doré; M. Farhang; L. M. Fissel; N. N. Gandilo; S. R. Golwala; J. E. Gudmundsson; M. Halpern; M. Hasselfield; G. Hilton; W. Holmes; V. V. Hristov; K. D. Irwin; W. C. Jones; C. L. Kuo; C. J. MacTavish; P. V. Mason; T. E. Montroy; T. A. Morford; C. B. Netterfield; D. T. O'Dea; A. S. Rahlin; C. D. Reintsema; J. E. Ruhl; M. C. Runyan; M. A. Schenker; J. A. Shariff; J. D. Soler; A. Trangsrud; C. Tucker; R. S. Tucker; A. D. Turner
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Paper Abstract

We describe SPIDER, a balloon-borne instrument to map the polarization of the millimeter-wave sky with degree angular resolution. Spider consists of six monochromatic refracting telescopes, each illuminating a focal plane of large-format antenna-coupled bolometer arrays. A total of 2,624 superconducting transition-edge sensors are distributed among three observing bands centered at 90, 150, and 280 GHz. A cold half-wave plate at the aperture of each telescope modulates the polarization of incoming light to control systematics. SPIDER's first flight will be a 20-30-day Antarctic balloon campaign in December 2011. This flight will map ~8% of the sky to achieve unprecedented sensitivity to the polarization signature of the gravitational wave background predicted by inflationary cosmology. The SPIDER mission will also serve as a proving ground for these detector technologies in preparation for a future satellite mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7741, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 77411N (15 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857720
Show Author Affiliations
J. P. Filippini, California Institute of Technology (United States)
P. A. R. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
M. Amiri, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
S. J. Benton, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
R. Bihary, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
J. J. Bock, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. R. Bond, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
J. A. Bonetti, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
S. A. Bryan, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
B. Burger, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
H. C. Chiang, Princeton Univ. (United States)
C. R. Contaldi, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
B. P. Crill, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
O. Doré, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
M. Farhang, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
L. M. Fissel, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
N. N. Gandilo, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
S. R. Golwala, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. E. Gudmundsson, Princeton Univ. (United States)
M. Halpern, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
M. Hasselfield, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
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. D. Irwin, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
W. C. Jones, Princeton Univ. (United States)
C. L. Kuo, Stanford Univ. (United States)
C. J. MacTavish, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
P. V. Mason, California Institute of Technology (United States)
T. E. Montroy, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
T. A. Morford, California Institute of Technology (United States)
C. B. Netterfield, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
D. T. O'Dea, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
A. S. Rahlin, Princeton Univ. (United States)
C. D. Reintsema, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
J. E. Ruhl, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
M. C. Runyan, California Institute of Technology (United States)
M. A. Schenker, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. A. Shariff, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
J. D. Soler, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
A. Trangsrud, California Institute of Technology (United States)
C. Tucker, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
R. S. Tucker, California Institute of Technology (United States)
A. D. Turner, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


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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