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BICEP: a large angular scale CMB polarimeter

Keating, Brian G. and Ade, Peter A. and Bock, James J. and Hivon, Eric and Holzapfel, William L. and Lange, Andrew E. and Nguyen, Hien and Yoon, Ki Won (2003) BICEP: a large angular scale CMB polarimeter. In: Polarimetry in Astronomy. Proceedings of SPIE. No.4843. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 284-295. ISBN 9780819446220.

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We describe the design and expected performance of BICEP, a millimeter wave receiver designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background. BICEP uses an array of polarization sensitive bolometers operating at 100 and 150 GHz to measure polarized signals over a 20 degree field of view with 1 degree resolution. BICEP is designed with particular attention to systematic effects which can potentially degrade the polarimetric fidelity of the observations. BICEP is optimized to detect the faint signature of a primordial gravitational wave background which is a generic prediction of inflationary cosmologies.

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Additional Information:© 2003 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). BICEP is supported by the Caltech President’s Fund, an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship to B.G.K. and an NSF Graduate Student Fellowship to K.W.Y. We thank Mihail Amarie for performing the optical simulations used in this paper. We are grateful for the generous support of BICEP by the Caltech Discovery Fund.
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NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
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Subject Keywords:polarization sensitive bolometers, cosmic microwave background – instrumentation, gravitational wave detection
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Issue or Number:4843
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Official Citation:Brian G. Keating, Peter A. R. Ade, James J. Bock, Eric Hivon, William L. Holzapfel, Andrew E. Lange, Hien Nguyen, Ki Won Yoon, "BICEP: a large angular-scale CMB polarimeter," Proc. SPIE 4843, Polarimetry in Astronomy, (14 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459274
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