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A submillimetre imaging polarimeter at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

Greaves, J. S., Holland, W. S., Jenness, T., Chrysostomou, A., Berry, D. S., Murray, A. G., Tamura, M., Robson, E. I., Ade, Peter A. R., Nartallo, R., Stevens, J. A., Momose, M., Morino, J.-I., Moriarty-Schieven, G., Gannaway, Frederick Charles and Haynes, Charles Victor 2003. A submillimetre imaging polarimeter at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 340 (2) , pp. 353-361. 10.1046/j.1365-8711.2003.06230.x

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A polarimeter has been built for use with the Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array (SCUBA), on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii. SCUBA is the first of a new generation of highly sensitive submillimetre cameras, and the UK/Japan Polarimeter adds a polarimetric imaging/photometry capability in the wavelength range 350 to 2000 μm. Early science results range from measuring the synchrotron polarization of the black hole candidate Sgr A* to mapping magnetic fields inferred from polarized dust emission in Galactic star-forming clouds. We describe the instrument design, performance, observing techniques and data reduction processes, along with an assessment of the current and future scientific capability.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Additional Information: instrumentation: polarimeters; techniques: polarimetric; magnetic fields; polarization; submillimetre
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0035-8711
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 14:55

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