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Published February 17, 2003 | Published
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Current status of Bolocam: a large-format millimeter-wave bolometer camera


We describe the design and performance of Bolocam, a 144-element, bolometric, millimeter-wave camera. Bolocam is currently in its commissioning stage at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory. We compare the instrument performance measured at the telescope with a detailed sensitivity model, discuss the factors limiting the current sensitivity, and describe our plans for future improvements intended to increase the mapping speed.

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© 2003 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Jason Glenn would like to acknowledge support from the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy and Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of Colorado. This work was supported, in part, by grant NSF Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology AST-0098737.

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