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The balloon-borne large-aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry-BLASTPol: performance and results from the 2010 Antarctic flight
Author(s): Enzo Pascale; Peter A. R. Ade; Francesco E. Angilè; Steven J. Benton; Mark J. Devlin; Brad Dober; Laura M. Fissel; Yasuo Fukui; Natalie N. Gandilo; Joshua O. Gundersen; Peter C. Hargrave; Jeffrey Klein; Andrei L. Korotkov; Tristan G. Matthews; Lorenzo Moncelsi; Tony K. Mroczkowski; C. Barth Netterfield; Giles Novak; David Nutter; Luca Olmi; Frédérick Poidevin; 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
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Paper Abstract

The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLASTPol) is a suborbital mapping experiment designed to study the role played by magnetic fields in the star formation process. BLASTPol uses a total power instrument and an achromatic half-wave plate to modulate the polarization signal. During its first flight from Antarctica in December 2010, BLASTPol made degree scale maps of linearly polarized dust emission from molecular clouds in three wavebands centered at 250, 350, and 500 μm. This unprecedented dataset in terms of sky coverage, with sub-arcminute resolution, allows BLASTPol to trace magnetic fields in star-forming regions at scales ranging from cores to entire molecular cloud complexes. A second long-duration flight is scheduled for December 2012.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 844415 (27 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927211
Show Author Affiliations
Enzo Pascale, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Peter A. R. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Francesco E. Angilè, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Steven J. Benton, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Mark J. Devlin, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Brad Dober, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Laura M. Fissel, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Yasuo Fukui, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Natalie N. Gandilo, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Joshua O. Gundersen, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Peter C. Hargrave, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Jeffrey Klein, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Andrei L. Korotkov, Brown Univ. (United States)
Tristan G. Matthews, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Lorenzo Moncelsi, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Tony K. Mroczkowski, California Institute of Technology (United States)
C. Barth Netterfield, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Giles Novak, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
David Nutter, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Luca Olmi, Univ. of Puerto Rico (United States)
INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Frédérick Poidevin, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Giorgio Savini, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Douglas Scott, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Jamil A. Shariff, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Juan Diego Soler, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
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)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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