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CMB polarimetry with BICEP: instrument characterization, calibration, and performance

Takahashi, Yuki D. and Barkats, Denis and Battle, John O. and Bierman, Evan M. and Bock, James J. and Chiang, H. Cynthia and Dowell, C. Darren and Hivon, Eric F. and Holzapfel, William L. and Hristov, Viktor V. and Jones, William C. and Kaufman, J. P. and Keating, Brian G. and Kovac, John M. and Kuo, Chao-Lin and Lange, Andrew E. and Leitch, Erik M. and Mason, Peter V. and Matsumura, Tomotake and Nguyen, Hien T. and Ponthieu, Nicolas and Rocha, Graça M. and Yoon, Ki Won and Ade, P. and Duband, L. (2008) CMB polarimetry with BICEP: instrument characterization, calibration, and performance. In: Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7020. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 70201D. ISBN 9780819472304.

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Bicep is a ground-based millimeter-wave bolometric array designed to target the primordial gravity wave signature on the B-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at degree angular scales. Currently in its third year of operation at the South Pole, Bicep is measuring the CMB polarization with unprecedented sensitivity at 100 and 150 GHz in the cleanest available 2% of the sky, as well as deriving independent constraints on the diffuse polarized foregrounds with select observations on and off the Galactic plane. Instrument calibrations are discussed in the context of rigorous control of systematic errors, and the performance during the first two years of the experiment is reviewed.

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Bock, James J.0000-0002-5710-5212
Mason, Peter V.0000-0002-7963-7420
Rocha, Graça M.0000-0002-4150-8076
Ade, P.0000-0002-5127-0401
Additional Information:© 2008 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Bicep has been possible through support from NSF Grant No. OPP-0230438, Caltech President’s Discovery Fund, Caltech President’s Fund PF-471, JPL Research and Technology Fund, and the late J. Robinson. BGK gratefully acknowledges support from NSF PECASE Award #AST-0548262. We thank the South Pole Station staff for their continuing support and Steffen Richter for being a winter over we can rely on. We thank our colleagues in Acbar, Boomerang, QUaD, Bolocam, and Spt for the advice and helpful discussions, and Kathy Deniston for logistical and administrative support.
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Caltech President’s FundPF-471
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Subject Keywords:cosmic microwave background polarization, mm-wave, bolometers, cosmology, inflation, South Pole
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:7020
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Official Citation:Yuki D. Takahashi, Denis Barkats, John O. Battle, Evan M. Bierman, James J. Bock, H. Cynthia Chiang, C. Darren Dowell, Eric F. Hivon, William L. Holzapfel, Viktor V. Hristov, William C. Jones, J. P. Kaufman, Brian G. Keating, John M. Kovac, Chao-Lin Kuo, Andrew E. Lange, Erik M. Leitch, Peter V. Mason, Tomotake Matsumura, Hien T. Nguyen, Nicolas Ponthieu, Graca M. Rocha, Ki Won Yoon, P. Ade, L. Duband, "CMB polarimetry with BICEP: instrument characterization, calibration, and performance", Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 70201D (19 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790306;
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