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CMB polarimetry with BICEP: instrument characterization, calibration, and performance

Takahashi, Yuki D., Barkats, Denis, Battle, John O., Bierman, Evan M., Bock, James J., Chiang, H. Cynthia, Dowell, C. Darren, Hivon, Eric F., Holzapfel, William L., Hristov, Viktor V., Jones, William C., Kaufman, J. P., Keating, Brian G., Kovac, John M., Kuo, Chao-Lin, Lange, Andrew E., Leitch, Erik M., Mason, Peter V., Matsumura, Tomotake, Nguyen, Hien T., Ponthieu, Nicolas, Rocha, Graca M., Yoon, Ki Won, Ade, Peter A. R. and Duband, L. 2008. CMB polarimetry with BICEP: instrument characterization, calibration, and performance. Presented at: Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, Marseilles, France, 26 June 2008. Published in: Duncan, William D., Holland, Wayne S., Withington, Stafford and Zmuidzinas, Jonas eds. Proc. SPIE. SPIE, 70201D. 10.1117/12.790306

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Bicep is a ground-based millimeter-wave bolometric array designed to target the primordial gravity wave signatureon the B-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at degree angular scales. Currentlyin its third year of operation at the South Pole, Bicep is measuring the CMB polarization with unprecedentedsensitivity at 100 and 150 GHz in the cleanest available 2% of the sky, as well as deriving independent constraintson the diffuse polarized foregrounds with select observations on and off the Galactic plane. Instrumentcalibrations are discussed in the context of rigorous control of systematic errors, and the performance during thefirst two years of the experiment is reviewed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: SPIE
ISSN: 0277786X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:11

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