Experiment design and first season observations with the degree angular scale interferometer

E. M. Leitch, C. Pryke, N. W. Halverson, J. Kovac, G. Davidson, S. LaRoque, E. Schartman, J. Yamasaki, J. E. Carlstrom, W. L. Holzapfel, M. Dragovan, J. K. Cartwright, B. S. Mason, S. Padin, T. J. Pearson, A. C.S. Readhead, M. C. Shepherd

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Abstract

We describe the instrumentation, experiment design, and data reduction for the first season of observations with the Degree Angular Scale Interferometer (DASI), a compact microwave interferometer designed to measure anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) on degree and subdegree scales (l ≃ 100-900). The telescope was deployed at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station during the 1999-2000 austral summer, and we conducted observations of the CMB throughout the following austral winter. In its first season of observations, DASI has mapped CMB fluctuations in 32 fields, each 3°.4 across, with high sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-37
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume568
Issue number1 I
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 20 2002

Keywords

  • Cosmic microwave background
  • Cosmology: observations
  • Techniques: interferometric

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