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First results of the polarimeter for the Large APEX Bolometer Camera (LABOCA)
Author(s): Giorgio Siringo; Attila Kovács; Ernst Kreysa; Frederic Schuller; Axel Weiss; Rolf Guesten; Talayeh Hezareh; Karl M. Menten; Helmut Wiesemeyer; Michael Dumke; Francisco Montenegro; Rodrigo Parra
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Paper Abstract

An enhanced version of the ”Polarimeter für bolometer Kameras” (PolKa) has been installed on the APEX telescope (Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment) in October 2009, to work in combination with LABOCA (the Large APEX Bolometer Camera). This polarimeter was included in the design of LABOCA’s optics from the beginning and it is now going through a commissioning and science verification phase. The combination of PolKa, LABOCA and APEX provides superior capabilities in mapping the polarization of the continuum at submillimeter wavelengths. We present here some preliminary results of the last commissioning run.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8452, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 845206 (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925697
Show Author Affiliations
Giorgio Siringo, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Attila Kovács, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Ernst Kreysa, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Frederic Schuller, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Axel Weiss, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Rolf Guesten, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Talayeh Hezareh, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Karl M. Menten, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Helmut Wiesemeyer, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Michael Dumke, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Francisco Montenegro, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Rodrigo Parra, European Southern Observatory (Chile)


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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