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BICEP: a large angular scale CMB polarimeter

Keating, Brian G., Ade, Peter A. R., Bock, James J., Hivon, Eric, Holzapfel, William L., Lange, Andrew E., Nguyen, Hien and Yoon, Ki Won 2003. BICEP: a large angular scale CMB polarimeter. Presented at: Polarimetry in Astronomy, Waikoloa, Hawaii, 22 August 2002. Published in: Fineschi, Silvano ed. Polarimetry in Astronomy. Proceedings of SPIE , vol. 4843. Bellingham, WA: SPIE, pp. 284-295. 10.1117/12.459274

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Abstract

We describe the design and expected performance of BICEP, a millimeter wave receiver designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background. BICEP uses an array of polarization sensitive bolometers operating at 100 and 150 GHz to measure polarized signals over a 20 degree field of view with 1 degree resolution. BICEP is designed with particular attention to systematic effects which can potentially degrade the polarimetric fidelity of the observations. BICEP is optimized to detect the faint signature of a primordial gravitational wave background which is a generic prediction of inflationary cosmologies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bolometers ; Polarimetry ; Polarization.
Publisher: SPIE
ISBN: 9780819446220
ISSN: 0277786X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:29
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/60918

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