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BFORE: The B-mode Foreground Experiment

Niemack, Michael D., Ade, Peter A. R. ORCID:, de Bernardis, Francesco, Boulanger, Francois, Bryan, Sean, Devlin, Mark, Dunkley, Joanna, Eales, Stephen Anthony ORCID:, Gomez, Haley ORCID:, Groppi, Chris, Henderson, Shawn, Hillbrand, Seth, Hubmayr, Johannes, Mauskopf, Philip Daniel ORCID:, McMahon, Jeff, Miville-Deschenes, Marc-Antoine, Pascale, Enzo ORCID:, Pisano, Giampaolo ORCID:, Novak, Giles, Scott, Douglas, Soler, Juan and Tucker, Carole ORCID: 2016. BFORE: The B-mode Foreground Experiment. Journal of Low Temperature Physics 184 (3) , pp. 746-753. 10.1007/s10909-015-1395-6

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The B-mode Foreground Experiment (BFORE) is a proposed NASA balloon project designed to make optimal use of the sub-orbital platform by concentrating on three dust foreground bands (270, 350, and 600 GHz) that complement ground-based cosmic microwave background (CMB) programs. BFORE will survey ∼∼1/4 of the sky with 1.7–3.7 arcminute resolution, enabling precise characterization of the Galactic dust that now limits constraints on inflation from CMB B-mode polarization measurements. In addition, BFORE’s combination of frequency coverage, large survey area, and angular resolution enables science far beyond the critical goal of measuring foregrounds. BFORE will constrain the velocities of thousands of galaxy clusters, provide a new window on the cosmic infrared background, and probe magnetic fields in the interstellar medium. We review the BFORE science case, timeline, and instrument design, which is based on a compact off-axis telescope coupled to >10,000>10,000 superconducting detectors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cosmic microwave background, Dust, Foregrounds, Balloons, Superconducting, detectors, Kinematic Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0022-2291
Date of Acceptance: 25 November 2015
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2022 09:12

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