Bolocam: status and observations
Bolocam is a millimetre-wave (1.1 and 2.1 mm) camera with an array of 119 bolometers. It has been commissioned at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory in Hawaii and is now in routine operation. Here we give an overview of the instrument and the data reduction pipeline. We discuss models of the sensitivity of Bolocam in different observing modes and under different atmospheric conditions. We briefly discuss observations of star-forming Galactic molecular clouds, a blank field survey for sub-millimeter galaxies, preliminary results of a blank-field CMB secondary anisotropy survey and discuss observations of galaxy clusters using the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect.
Additional Information© 2004 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Douglas Haig would like to acknowledge PPARC for support via a PPARC PhD studentship. We would like to acknowledge support from PPARC grants PPA/Y/S/2000/00101 and PPA/G/O/2002/00015 in the UK and from grants NSF/AST-0206158 and NASA/NGT5-50384 and NSF/AST-0098737 in the US. Alexey Goldin would like to acknowledge support from a National Research Council Fellowship. Sunil Golwala would like to acknowledge the support from the Caltech Millikan fellowship. Finally we would like to acknowledge the continuing support from the CSO director Tom Phillips and all the CSO staff.
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