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Design and pre-flight performance of SPIDER 280 GHz receivers

Shaw, E. C. and Ade, P.A.R. and Akers, S. and Amiri, M. and Austermann, Jason E. and Beall, James A. and Becker, D.T. and Benton, S.J. and Bergman, A. S. and Bock, J. J. and Bond, J.R. and Bryan, S.A. and Chiang, H.C. and Contaldi, C.R. and Domagalski, R.S. and Doré, O. and Duff, S. M. and Duivenvoorden, A.J. and Eriksen, H.K. and Farhang, M. and Filippini, J. P. and Fissel, L.M. and Fraisse, A.A. and Freese, K. and Galloway, M. and Gambrel, A. E. and Gandilo, N.N. and Ganga, K. and Grigorian, A. and Gualtieri, R and Gudmundsson, J.E. and Halpern, M. and Hartley, J. and Hasselfield, M. and Hilton, G. and Holmes, W. and Hristov, V. V. and Huang, Z. and Hubmayr, Johannes and Irwin, K.D. and Jones, W.C. and Kahn, A. and Kuo, C.L. and Kermish, Z.D. and Lennox, A. and Leung, J. S.-Y. and Megerian, K. and Reintsema, C. and Li, S. and Mason, P. V. and Runyan, M. C. and Moncelsi, L. and Morford, T. A. and Nagy, J.M. and Nie, R. and Mocanu, L. M. and Padilla, I.L. and Netterfield, C. B. and Osherson, B. and Rahlin, A.S. and Redmond, S. and Turner, A. D. and Romualdez, L.J. and Nolta, M. and Ruhl, J.E. and Shariff, J.A. and Shiu, C. and Soler, J.D. and Song, X. and Trangsrud, A. and Thommesen, H. and Tucker, C and Tucker, R. S. and Ullom, Joel and van der List, J.F. and Van Lanen, Jeff and Vissers, M. R. and Weber, A. C. and Wen, S. and Wehus, I.K. and Wiebe, D.V. and Young, E.Y. (2020) Design and pre-flight performance of SPIDER 280 GHz receivers. 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. 114532F. ISBN 9781510636934.

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In this work we describe upgrades to the Spider balloon-borne telescope in preparation for its second flight, currently planned for December 2021. The Spider instrument is optimized to search for a primordial B-mode polarization signature in the cosmic microwave background at degree angular scales. During its first flight in 2015, Spider mapped ~10% of the sky at 95 and 150 GHz. The payload for the second Antarctic flight will incorporate three new 280 GHz receivers alongside three refurbished 95- and 150 GHz receivers from Spider's first flight. In this work we discuss the design and characterization of these new receivers, which employ over 1500 feedhorn-coupled transition-edge sensors. We describe pre-flight laboratory measurements of detector properties, and the optical performance of completed receivers. These receivers will map a wide area of the sky at 280 GHz, providing new information on polarized Galactic dust emission that will help to separate it from the cosmological signal.

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Additional Information:© 2020 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Spider is supported in the U.S. by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under grants NNX07AL64G, NNX12AE95G, and NNX17AC55G issued through the Science Mission Directorate and by the National Science Foundation through PLR-1043515. Logistical support for the Antarctic deployment and operations was provided by the NSF through the U.S. Antarctic Program. Support in Canada is provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Space Agency. Support in Norway is provided by the Research Council of Norway. Support in Sweden is provided by the Swedish Research Council through the Oskar Klein Centre (Contract No. 638-2013-8993). The Dunlap Institute is funded through an endowment established by the David Dunlap family and the University of Toronto. K.F. is Jeff & Gail Kodosky Endowed Chair in Physics at the University of Texas at Austin and is grateful for support. K.F. acknowledges support by the Swedish Research Council (Contract No. 638-2013-8993) and from the U.S. Department of Energy, grant DE-SC007859. We also wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Lucile Packard Foundation, which has been crucial to the success of this project. The collaboration is grateful to the British Antarctic Survey, particularly Sam Burrell, for invaluable assistance with data and payload recovery after the 2015 flight. We thank Brendan Crill and Tom Montroy for significant contributions to Spider's development.
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Research Council of NorwayUNSPECIFIED
Swedish Research Council638-2013-8993
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC007859
David and Lucile Packard FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:Spider, cosmic microwave background, polarization, transition-edge sensor, scientific instrumentation, millimeter wave instrumentation, cosmology, scientific ballooning
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Official Citation:E. C. Shaw, P. A. R. Ade, S. Akers, M. Amiri, J. E. Austermann, J. A. Beall, D. T. Becker, S. J. Benton, A. S. Bergman, J. J. Bock, J. R. Bond, S. A. Bryan, H. C. Chiang, C. R. Contaldi, R. S. Domagalski, O. Doré, S. M. Duff, A. J. Duivenvoorden, H. K. Eriksen, M. Farhang, J. P. Filippini, L. M. Fissel, A. A. Fraisse, K. Freese, M. Galloway, A. E. Gambrel, N. N. Gandilo, K. Ganga, A. Grigorian, R. Gualtieri, J. E. Gudmundsson, M. Halpern, J. Hartley, M. Hasselfield, G. Hilton, W. Holmes, V. V. Hristov, Z. Huang, J. Hubmayr, K. D. Irwin, W. C. Jones, A. Kahn, C. L. Kuo, Z. D. Kermish, A. Lennox, J. S.-Y. Leung, S. Li, P. V. Mason, K. Megerian, L. M. Mocanu, L. Moncelsi, T. A. Morford, J. M. Nagy, R. Nie, M. Nolta, C. B. Netterfield, B. Osherson, I. L. Padilla, A. S. Rahlin, S. Redmond, C. Reintsema, M. C. Runyan, L. J. Romualdez, J. E. Ruhl, J. A. Shariff, C. Shiu, J. D. Soler, X. Song, A. Trangsrud, H. Thommesen, C Tucker, R. S. Tucker, A. D. Turner, J. Ullom, J. F. van der List, J. Van Lanen, M. R. Vissers, A. C. Weber, S. Wen, I. K. Wehus, D. V. Wiebe, and E. Y. Young "Design and pre-flight performance of SPIDER 280 GHz receivers", Proc. SPIE 11453, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy X, 114532F (13 December 2020);
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