Bicep Array is a cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization experiment that will begin observing at the South Pole in early 2019. This experiment replaces the five Bicep2 style receivers that compose the Keck Array with four larger Bicep3 style receivers observing at six frequencies from 30 to 270GHz. The 95GHz and 150GHz receivers will continue to push the already deep Bicep/Keck CMB maps while the 30/40GHz and 220/270GHz receivers will constrain the synchrotron and galactic dust foregrounds respectively. Here we report on the design and performance of the Bicep Array instruments focusing on the mount and cryostat systems.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX|
|Editors||Jonas Zmuidzinas, Jian-Rong Gao|
|State||Published - 2018|
|Event||Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX 2018 - Austin, United States|
Duration: Jun 12 2018 → Jun 15 2018
|Name||Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering|
|Other||Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX 2018|
|Period||6/12/18 → 6/15/18|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The Bicep/Keck projects have been made possible through a series of grants from the National Science Foundation including 0742818, 0742592, 1044978, 1110087, 1145172, 1145143, 1145248, 1639040, 1638957, 1638978, 1638970, & 1726917, by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and by the Keck Foundation. The development of antenna-coupled detector technology was supported by the JPL Research and Technology Development Fund and NASA Grants 06-ARPA206-0040, 10-SAT10-0017, 12-SAT12-0031, 14-SAT14-0009 & 16-SAT-16-0002. The development and testing of focal planes were supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation at Caltech. Readout electronics were supported by a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant to UBC. The computations in this paper were run on the Odyssey cluster supported by the FAS Science Division Research Computing Group at Harvard University. The analysis effort at Stanford and SLAC is partially supported by the U.S. DoE Office of Science. We thank the staff of the U.S. Antarctic Program and in particular the South Pole Station without whose help this research would not have been possible. Most special thanks go to our heroic winter-overs Robert Schwarz and Steffen Richter. We thank all those who have contributed past efforts to the Bicep/Keck series of experiments, including the Bicep1 team.
© 2018 SPIE.
- BICEP Array
- Gravitational Waves
- Keck Array