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PILOT: measuring polarization in the interstellar medium

Bernard, J.-Ph., Ade, Peter A. R., deBernardis, P., Giard, M., Griffin, Matthew J., Hargrave, Peter Charles, Laurens, A., Leriche, B., Leroy, C., Longval, Y., Marty, C., Madden, S., Maffei, B., Masi, S., Meny, C., Miville-Deschênes, M.-A., Narbonne, J., Nati, L., Pajot, F., Pisano, G., Pointecouteau, E., Ponthieu, N., Ristorcelli, I., Rodriguez, L., Roudil, G., Salatino, M. and Savini, G. 2007. PILOT: measuring polarization in the interstellar medium. In: Miville-Deschênes, M. and Boulanger, F. eds. Sky Polarisation at Far-Infrared to Radio Wavelengths: The Galactic Screen before the Cosmic Microwave Background, EAS Publications Series, vol. 23. European Astronomical Society, pp. 189-203. (10.1051/eas:2007012)

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Future cosmology space missions will concentrate on measuring the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), which potentially carries invaluable information about the earliest phases of the evolution of our universe. Such ambitious projects will ultimately be limited by the sensitivity of the instrument and by the accuracy at which polarized foreground emission from our own Galaxy can be subtracted out. We present the PILOT balloon project which will aim at characterizing one of these foreground sources, the polarization of the dust continuum emission in the diffuse interstellar medium. The PILOT experiment will also constitute a test-bed for using multiplexed bolometer arrays for polarization measurements.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Additional Information: Proceedings of EAS conference, Orsay, France, September 12-15, 2005
Publisher: European Astronomical Society
ISBN: 9782868839800
ISSN: 16334760
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