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Polarization calibration of the BICEP3 CMB polarimeter at the South Pole

Cornelison, J. and Ade, P. A. R. and Ahmed, Zeeshan and Amiri, Mandana and Barkats, Denis and Basu Thakur, R. and Bischoff, Colin and Bock, J. J. and Boenish, Hans and Bullock, Eric and Buza, Victor and Cheshire, James R. and Connors, Jake and Crumrine, Michael and Cukierman, Ari J. and Denison, Edward and Dierickx, Marion and Duband, Lionel and Eiben, Miranda and Fatigoni, Sofia and Filippini, Jeff and Fliescher, Stefan and Goeckner-Wald, Neil and Goldfinger, David C. and Grayson, James A. and Grimes, Paul and Hall, Grantland and Halal, George and Halpern, Mark and Harrison, Samuel and Henderson, Shawn and Hildebrandt, S. R. and Hilton, Gene C. and Hubmayr, Johannes and Hui, H. and Irwin, Kent D. and Kang, Jae Hwan and Karkare, Kirit and Karpel, Ethan and Kefeli, S. and Kernasovkiy, Sarah A. and Kovac, John M. and Kuo, Chao-Lin and Lau, King and Leitch, Eric and Megerian, K. G. and Minutolo, L. and Moncelsi, L. and Nakato, Yuka and Namikawa, Toshiya and Nguyen, H. T. and O'Brient, R. and Ogburn, R W. and Palladino, Steven and Precup, Nathan and Prouve, Thomas and Pryke, Clement and Racine, Benjamin and Reintsema, Carl D. and Richter, Steffen and Schillaci, A. and Schmitt, Benjamin and Schwarz, Robert and Sheehy, Christopher D. and Soliman, A. and St. Germaine, T. and Steinbach, B. and Sudiwala, Rashmi and Teply, G. P. and Thompson, Keith and Tolan, James E. and Tucker, Carole and Turner, A. D. and Umilita, Caterina and Vieregg, Abigail G. and Wandui, A. and Weber, A. C. and Wiebe, Don and Willmert, Justin and Wong, Chin Lin and Wu, Kimmy and Yang, Eric and Yoon, Ki Won and Young, Edward and Yu, Cyndia and Zeng, Lingzhen and Zhang, C. and Zhang, S. (2020) Polarization calibration of the BICEP3 CMB polarimeter at the South Pole. In: Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy X. Proceedings of SPIE. No.11453. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 1145327. ISBN 9781510636934.

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The BICEP3 CMB Polarimeter is a small-aperture refracting telescope located at the South Pole and is specifically designed to search for the possible signature of inflationary gravitational waves in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The experiment measures polarization on the sky by differencing the signal of co-located, orthogonally polarized antennas coupled to Transition Edge Sensor (TES) detectors. We present precise measurements of the absolute polarization response angles and polarization efficiencies for nearly all of BICEP3's ~800 functioning polarization-sensitive detector pairs from calibration data taken in January 2018. Using a Rotating Polarized Source (RPS), we mapped polarization response for each detector over a full 360 degrees of source rotation and at multiple telescope boresight rotations from which per-pair polarization properties were estimated. In future work, these results will be used to constrain signals predicted by exotic physical models such as Cosmic Birefringence.

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Additional Information:© 2020 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The BICEP/Keck project (including BICEP2, BICEP3 and BICEP Array) 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, 1313010, 1313062, 1313158, 1313287, 0960243, 1836010, 1056465, & 1255358 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-SAT16-0002, & 18-SAT18-0017. 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 was partially supported by the Department of Energy, Contract DE-AC02-76SF00515. 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. Tireless administrative support was provided by Kathy Deniston, Sheri Stoll, Irene Coyle, Donna Hernandez, and Dana Volponi.
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W. M. Keck FoundationUNSPECIFIED
JPL Research and Technology Development FundUNSPECIFIED
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Canada Foundation for InnovationUNSPECIFIED
Harvard UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-AC02-76SF00515
Subject Keywords:Cosmic Microwave Background, Polarization, Calibration
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:11453
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Official Citation:J. Cornelison, P. A. R. Ade, Z. Ahmed, M. Amiri, D. Barkats, R. Basu Thakur, C. Bischoff, J. J. Bock, H. Boenish, E. Bullock, V. Buza, J. R. Cheshire IV, J. Connors, M. Crumrine, A. J. Cukierman, E. V. Denison, M. Dierickx, L. Duband, M. Eiben, S. Fatigoni, J. P. Filippini, S. Fliescher, N. Goeckner-Wald, D. C. Goldfinger, J. A. Grayson, P. Grimes, G. Hall, G. Halal, M. Halpern, S. A. Harrison, S. Henderson, S. Hildebrandt, G. C. Hilton, J. Hubmayr, H. Hui, K. D. Irwin, J. Kang, K. Karkare, E. Karpel, S. Kefeli, S. A. Kernasovkiy, J. M. Kovac, C. L. Kuo, K. Lau, E. Leitch, K. G. Megerian, L. Minutolo, L. Moncelsi, Y. Nakato, T. Namikawa, H. T. Nguyen, R. O'Brient, R. W. Ogburn IV, S. Palladino, N. Precup, T. Prouve, C. Pryke, B. Racine, C. D. Reintsema, S. Richter, A. Schillaci, B. Schmitt, R. Schwarz, C. D. Sheehy, A. Soliman, T. St. Germaine, B. Steinbach, R. V. Sudiwala, G. P. Teply, K. L. Thompson, J. E. Tolan, C. Tucker, A. D. Turner, C. Umilta, A. G. Vieregg, A. Wandui, A. C. Weber, D. V. Wiebe, J. Willmert, C. L. Wong, W. L. K. Wu, E. Yang, K. W. Yoon, E. Young, C. Yu, L. Zeng, C. Zhang, and S. Zhang "Polarization calibration of the BICEP3 CMB polarimeter at the South Pole", Proc. SPIE 11453, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy X, 1145327 (13 December 2020);
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