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The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry-BLASTPol: Performance and results from the 2012 Antarctic flight

Galitzki, N. and Moncelsi, L. (2014) The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry-BLASTPol: Performance and results from the 2012 Antarctic flight. In: Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9145. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 91450R . ISBN 978-0-8194-9613-3. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20150615-130934318

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Abstract

The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLASTPol) is a suborbital mapping experiment, designed to study the role played by magnetic fields in the star formation process. BLASTPol observes polarized light using a total power instrument, photolithographic polarizing grids, and an achromatic half-wave plate to modulate the polarization signal. During its second flight from Antarctica in December 2012, BLASTPol made degree scale maps of linearly polarized dust emission from molecular clouds in three wavebands, centered at 250, 350, and 500 μm. The instrumental performance was an improvement over the 2010 BLASTPol flight, with decreased systematics resulting in a higher number of confirmed polarization vectors. The resultant dataset allows BLASTPol to trace magnetic fields in star-forming regions at scales ranging from cores to entire molecular cloud complexes.


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Moncelsi, L.0000-0002-4242-3015
Additional Information:© 2014 SPIE. The BLAST collaboration acknowledges the support of NASA through grant numbers NNX13AE50G S03 and NNX09AB98G, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the Leverhulme Trust through the Research Project Grant F/00 407/BN, Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Innovation Trust, the Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium, and the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs. F. Poidevin thanks the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) under the Consolider-Ingenio project CSD2010-00064 (EPI: Exploring the Physics of Inflation) for its support. J. D. Soler acknowledges the support the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/ERC grant agreementt number 267934. We would also like to thank the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) staff for their continued outstanding work.
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NASANNX13AE50G S03
NASANNX09AB98G
Canadian Space Agency (CSA)UNSPECIFIED
Leverhulme TrustF/00 407/BN
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)UNSPECIFIED
Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) UNSPECIFIED
Ontario Innovation TrustUNSPECIFIED
Rhode Island Space Grant ConsortiumUNSPECIFIED
NSFUNSPECIFIED
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO)CSD2010-00064
European Research Council European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)267934
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:9145
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Official Citation:N. Galitzki ; P. A. R. Ade ; F. E. Angilè ; S. J. Benton ; M. J. Devlin ; B. Dober ; L. M. Fissel ; Y. Fukui ; N. N. Gandilo ; J. Klein ; A. L. Korotkov ; T. G. Matthews ; L. Moncelsi ; C. B. Netterfield ; G. Novak ; D. Nutter ; E. Pascale ; F. Poidevin ; G. Savini ; D. Scott ; J. A. Shariff ; J. D. Soler ; C. E. Tucker ; G. S. Tucker ; D. Ward-Thompson; The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry-BLASTPol: performance and results from the 2012 Antarctic flight. Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 91450R (July 22, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2054759
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