SPIDER: CMB polarimetry from the edge of space

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Title: SPIDER: CMB polarimetry from the edge of space
Authors: Gualtieri, R
Filippini, JP
Ade, PAR
Amiri, M
Benton, SJ
Bergman, AS
Bihary, R
Bock, JJ
Bond, JR
Bryan, SA
Chiang, HC
Contaldi, CR
Doré, O
Duivenvoorden, AJ
Eriksen, HK
Farhang, M
Fissel, LM
Fraisse, AA
Freese, K
Galloway, M
Gambrel, AE
Gandilo, NN
Ganga, K
Gramillano, RV
Gudmundsson, JE
Halpern, M
Hartley, J
Hasselfield, M
Hilton, G
Holmes, W
Hristov, VV
Huang, Z
Irwin, KD
Jones, WC
Kuo, CL
Kermish, ZD
Li, S
Mason, PV
Megerian, K
Moncelsi, L
Morford, TA
Nagy, JM
Netterfield, CB
Nolta, M
Osherson, B
Padilla, IL
Racine, B
Rahlin, AS
Reintsema, C
Ruhl, JE
Runyan, MC
Ruud, TM
Shariff, JA
Soler, JD
Song, X
Trangsrud, A
Tucker, C
Tucker, RS
Turner, AD
List, JFVD
Weber, AC
Wehus, IK
Wiebe, DV
Young, EY
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Spider is a balloon-borne instrument designed to map the polarization of the millimeter-wave sky at large angular scales. Spider targets the B-mode signature of primordial gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background (CMB), with a focus on mapping a large sky area with high fidelity at multiple frequencies. Spider ’s first long-duration balloon (LDB) flight in January 2015 deployed a total of 2400 antenna-coupled transition-edge sensors (TESs) at 90 GHz and 150 GHz. In this work we review the design and in-flight performance of the Spider instrument, with a particular focus on the measured performance of the detectors and instrument in a space-like loading and radiation environment. Spider ’s second flight in December 2018 will incorporate payload upgrades and new receivers to map the sky at 285 GHz, providing valuable information for cleaning polarized dust emission from CMB maps.
Issue Date: Dec-2018
Date of Acceptance: 3-Oct-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/54989
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10909-018-2078-x
ISSN: 0022-2291
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Start Page: 1112
End Page: 1121
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Low Temperature Physics
Volume: 193
Issue: 5
Copyright Statement: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018. The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/s10909-018-2078-x
Sponsor/Funder: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Funder's Grant Number: ST/L00044X/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Physics, Applied
Physics, Condensed Matter
Cosmic microwave background
Transition-edge sensors
0105 Mathematical Physics
0204 Condensed Matter Physics
0203 Classical Physics
General Physics
Notes: 10 pages, 7 figures, LTD17 Conference
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-10-11
Appears in Collections:Physics
Theoretical Physics
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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