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Survey strategy optimization for the Atacama Cosmology Telescope

Author(s): De Bernardis, F; Stevens, JR; Hasselfield, M; Alonso, D; Bond, JR; et al

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Abstract: In recent years there have been signi cant improvements in the sensitivity and the angular resolution of the instruments dedicated to the observation of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). ACTPol is the rst polarization receiver for the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) and is observing the CMB sky with arcmin resolution over 2000 sq. deg. Its upgrade, Advanced ACTPol (AdvACT), will observe the CMB in ve frequency bands and over a larger area of the sky. We describe the optimization and implementation of the ACTPol and AdvACT surveys. The selection of the observed elds is driven mainly by the science goals, that is, small angular scale CMB measurements, B-mode measurements and cross-correlation studies. For the ACTPol survey we have observed patches of the southern galactic sky with low galactic foreground emissions which were also chosen to maximize the overlap with several galaxy surveys to allow unique cross-correlation studies. A wider eld in the northern galactic cap ensured signi cant additional overlap with the BOSS spectroscopic survey. The exact shapes and footprints of the elds were optimized to achieve uniform coverage and to obtain cross-linked maps by observing the elds with di erent scan directions. We have maximized the e ciency of the survey by implementing a close to 24 hour observing strategy, switching between daytime and nighttime observing plans and minimizing the telescope idle time. We describe the challenges represented by the survey optimization for the signi cantly wider area observed by AdvACT, which will observe roughly half of the low-foreground sky. The survey strategies described here may prove useful for planning future ground-based CMB surveys, such as the Simons Observatory and CMB Stage IV surveys.
Publication Date: 15-Jul-2016
Electronic Publication Date: 15-Jul-2016
Citation: De Bernardis, F, Stevens, JR, Hasselfield, M, Alonso, D, Bond, JR, Calabrese, E, Choi, SK, Crowley, KT, Devlin, M, Dunkley, J, Gallardo, PA, Henderson, SW, Hilton, M, Hlozek, R, Ho, SP, Huffenberger, K, Koopman, BJ, Kosowsky, A, Louis, T, Madhavacheril, MS, McMahonn, J, Naess, S, Nati, F, Newburgh, L, Niemack, MD, Page, LA, Salatino, M, Schillaci, A, Schmitt, BL, Sehgal, N, Sievers, JL, Simon, SM, Spergel, DN, Staggs, ST, van Engelen, A, Vavagiakis, EM, Wollack, EJ. (2016). Survey strategy optimization for the Atacama Cosmology Telescope. OBSERVATORY OPERATIONS: STRATEGIES, PROCESSES, AND SYSTEMS VI, 9910 (10.1117/12.2232824
DOI: doi:10.1117/12.2232824
ISSN: 0277-786X
Pages: 991014-1 - 991014-14
Type of Material: Conference Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: OBSERVATORY OPERATIONS: STRATEGIES, PROCESSES, AND SYSTEMS VI
Version: Author's manuscript



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