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Interferometric polarimetry of the cosmic microwave background: Methodology

Myers, S. T. and Sievers, J. L. and Bond, J. R. and Contaldi, C. R. and Mason, B. S. and Pearson, T. J. and Readhead, A. C. S. (2006) Interferometric polarimetry of the cosmic microwave background: Methodology. New Astronomy Reviews, 50 (11-12). pp. 951-959. ISSN 1387-6473. doi:10.1016/j.newar.2006.09.025.

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Interferometry has long been used in radio astronomy to enable imaging of astronomical sources with angular resolutions exceeding the diffraction limit of a single aperture. In the past decade, interferometry of the CMB has been carried out with instruments such as the CBI, DASI and VSA which exploited the inherent instrumental stability and simplicity of ell-space analysis of interferometer data. The practice of interferometric polarimetry has been particularly well-developed in the radio astronomical community and DASI and CBI were able to measure the polarization of the CMB over the multipole range 200 < ℓ < 1500. In this talk, I discuss the theory of interferometry and the mathematics of CMB interferometric polarimetry, using the recent polarization observations of the Cosmic Background Imager (CBI) as an example. Topics will also include description of the data pipeline, handling of contaminating signals and sources, and the construction of optimal maps. I will conclude with the possibility of future CMB interferometers with kilo-element arrays and mega-pixel imaging.

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Additional Information:© 2006 Elsevier B.V. For the CBI collaboration ( Available online 17 November 2006.
Subject Keywords:cosmology; observation; cosmic microwave background; polarization
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Official Citation:S.T. Myers, J.L. Sievers, J.R. Bond, C.R. Contaldi, B.S. Mason, T.J. Pearson, A.C.S. Readhead, Interferometric polarimetry of the cosmic microwave background: Methodology, New Astronomy Reviews, Volume 50, Issues 11-12, Fundamental Physics with Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, Workshop on Fundamental Physics with Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, December 2006, Pages 951-959, ISSN 1387-6473, DOI: 10.1016/j.newar.2006.09.025. (
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