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BFORE: a CMB balloon payload to measure reionization, neutrino mass, and cosmic inflation

Bryan, Sean, Ade, Peter A. R. ORCID:, Bond, J. Richard, Holder, Gilbert, Boulanger, François, Devlin, Mark, Doyle, Simon M. ORCID:, Filippini, Jeffrey, Fissel, Laura M., Groppi, Christopher E., Hubmayr, Johannes, Mauskopf, Philip ORCID:, McMahon, Jeffrey J., Nagy, Johanna, Netterfield, C. Barth, Niemack, Michael, Novak, Giles, Pascale, Enzo ORCID:, Pisano, Giampaolo ORCID:, Ruhl, John E., Scott, Douglas, Soler, Juan D., Tucker, Carole ORCID: and Vieira, Joaquin 2018. BFORE: a CMB balloon payload to measure reionization, neutrino mass, and cosmic inflation. Presented at: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2018, Austin, TX, USA, 10-15 June 2018. Published in: Zmuidzinas, Jonas and Gao, Jian-Rong eds. Proceedings Volume 10708, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX. Proceedings of SPIE , vol.107080 Bellingham, Washington: Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), 10.1117/12.2313772

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BFORE is a high-altitude ultra-long-duration balloon mission to map the cosmic microwave background (CMB). During a 28-day mid-latitude ight launched from Wanaka, New Zealand, the instrument will map half the sky to improve measurements of the optical depth to reionization tau. This will break parameter degeneracies needed to detect neutrino mass. BFORE will also hunt for the gravitational wave B-mode signal, and map Galactic dust foregrounds. The mission will be the first near-space use of TES/mSQUID multichroic detectors (150/217 GHz and 280/353 GHz bands) with low-power readout electronics.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
ISBN: 9781510619708
ISSN: 1996-756X
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2023 15:21

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