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Pre-flight integration and characterization of the SPIDER balloon-borne telescope

Author(s): Rahlin, AS; Ade, PAR; Amiri, M; Benton, SJ; Bock, JJ; et al

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Abstract: We present the results of integration and characterization of the Spider instrument after the 2013 pre-flight campaign. SPIDER is a balloon-borne polarimeter designed to probe the primordial gravitational wave signal in the degree-scale B-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background. With six independent telescopes housing over 2000 detectors in the 94 GHz and 150 GHz frequency bands, SPIDER will map 7.5% of the sky with a depth of 11 to 14 mu K.arcmin at each frequency, which is a factor of similar to 5 improvement over Planck. We discuss the integration of the pointing, cryogenic, electronics, and power sub-systems, as well as pre-flight characterization of the detectors and optical systems. SPIDER is well prepared for a December 2014 flight from Antarctica, and is expected to be limited by astrophysical foreground emission, and not instrumental sensitivity, over the survey region.
Publication Date: 23-Jul-2014
Electronic Publication Date: 2014
Citation: Rahlin, AS, Ade, PAR, Amiri, M, Benton, SJ, Bock, JJ, Bond, JR, Bryan, SA, Chiang, HC, Contaldi, CR, Crill, BP, Dore, O, Farhang, M, Filippini, JP, Fissel, LM, Fraisse, AA, Gambrel, AE, Gandilo, NN, Golwala, S, Gudmundsson, JE, Halpern, M, Hasselfield, MF, Hilton, G, Holmes, WA, Hristov, VV, Irwin, KD, Jones, WC, Kermish, ZD, Kuo, CL, MacTavish, CJ, Mason, PV, Megerian, K, Moncelsi, L, Morford, TA, Nagy, JM, Netterfield, CB, O'Brient, R, Reintsema, C, Ruhl, JE, Runyan, MC, Shariff, JA, Soler, JD, Trangsrud, A, Tucker, C, Tucker, RS, Turner, AD, Weber, AC, Wiebe, DV, Young, EY. (2014). Pre-flight integration and characterization of the SPIDER balloon-borne telescope. 10.1117/12.2055683
DOI: doi:10.1117/12.2055683
ISSN: 0277-786X
Type of Material: Conference Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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