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Design and pre-flight performance of SPIDER 280 GHz receivers

Shaw, E. C., Ade, P. A. R. ORCID:, Akers, S., Amiri, M., Austermann, Jason E., Beall, James A., Becker, D.T., Benton, S.J., Bergman, A. S., Bock, J.J., Bond, J.R., Bryan, S.A., Chiang, H.C., Contaldi, C.R., Domagalski, R.S., Dore, O., Duff, S. M., Duivenvoorden, A.J., Eriksen, H.K., Farhang, M., Filippini, J. P., Fissel, L.M., Fraisse, A.A., Freese, K., Galloway, M., Gambrel, A. E., Gandilo, N.N., Ganga, K., Grigorian, A., Gualtieri, R, Gudmundsson, J.E., Halpern, M., Hartley, J., Hasselfield, M., Hilton, G., Holmes, W., Hristov, V.V., Huang, Z., Hubmayr, Johannes, Irwin, K.D., Jones, W.C., Kahn, A., Kuo, C.L., Kermish, Z.D., Lennox, A., Leung, J. S.-Y., Megerian, K., Reintsema, C., Li, S., Mason, P.V., Runyan, M. C., Moncelsi, L., Morford, T.A., Nagy, J.M., Nie, R., Mocanu, L. M., Padilla, I.L., Netterfield, C. B., Osherson, B., Rahlin, A.S., Redmond, S., Turner, A. D., Romualdez, L.J., Nolta, M., Ruhl, J.E., Shariff, J.A., Shiu, C., Soler, J.D., Song, X., Trangsrud, A., Thommesen, H., Tucker, C. ORCID:, Tucker, R.S., Ullom, Joel, van der List, J.F., Van Lanen, Jeff, Vissers, M. R., Weber, A. C., Wen, S., Wehus, I.K., Wiebe, D.V., Young, E.Y., Zmuidzinas, Jonas and Gao, Jian-Rong 2020. Design and pre-flight performance of SPIDER 280 GHz receivers. Presented at: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2020, Virtual, 14-18 December 2020. Published in: Zmuidzinas, Jonas and Gao, Jian-Rong eds. Proceedings Volume 11453, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy X. SPIE, 114532F. 10.1117/12.2562941

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In this work we describe upgrades to the Spider balloon-borne telescope in preparation for its second flight, currently planned for December 2021. The Spider instrument is optimized to search for a primordial B-mode polarization signature in the cosmic microwave background at degree angular scales. During its first flight in 2015, Spider mapped ~10% of the sky at 95 and 150 GHz. The payload for the second Antarctic flight will incorporate three new 280 GHz receivers alongside three refurbished 95- and 150 GHz receivers from Spider's first flight. In this work we discuss the design and characterization of these new receivers, which employ over 1500 feedhorn-coupled transition-edge sensors. We describe pre-flight laboratory measurements of detector properties, and the optical performance of completed receivers. These receivers will map a wide area of the sky at 280 GHz, providing new information on polarized Galactic dust emission that will help to separate it from the cosmological signal.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: SPIE
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2023 11:43

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