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The cosmology large angular scale surveyor (CLASS): 40 GHz optical design
Author(s): Joseph R. Eimer; Charles L. Bennett; David T. Chuss; Tobias Marriage; Edward J. Wollack; Lingzhen Zeng
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Paper Abstract

The Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor (CLASS) instrument will measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background at 40, 90, and 150 GHz from Cerro Toco in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. In this paper, we describe the optical design of the 40 GHz telescope system. The telescope is a diffraction limited catadioptric design consisting of a front-end Variable-delay Polarization Modulator (VPM), two ambient temperature mirrors, two cryogenic dielectric lenses, thermal blocking filters, and an array of 36 smooth-wall scalar feedhorn antennas. The feed horns guide the signal to antenna-coupled transition-edge sensor (TES) bolometers. Polarization diplexing and bandpass definition are handled on the same microchip as the TES. The feed horn beams are truncated with 10 dB edge taper by a 4 K Lyot-stop to limit detector loading from stray light and control the edge illumination of the front-end VPM. The field-of-view is 19° x 14° with a resolution for each beam on the sky of 1.5° FWHM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8452, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 845220 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925464
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph R. Eimer, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Charles L. Bennett, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
David T. Chuss, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Tobias Marriage, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Edward J. Wollack, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lingzhen Zeng, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8452:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Wayne S. Holland, Editor(s)

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