QUaD: A High-Resolution Cosmic Microwave Background Polarimeter
Hinderks, J. and Ade, P. and Bock, J. and Bowden, M.L. and Cahill, G. and Carlstrom, J.E. and Castro, P.G. and Church, S. and Culverhouse, T. and Friedman, R. and Ganga, K. and Gear, W.K. and Gupta, S. and Harris, J. and Haynes, V. and Keating, B.G. and Kovac, J. and Kirby, E. and Lange, A.E. and Leitch, E. and Mallie, O.E. and Melhuish, S. and Memari, Y. and Murphy, A. and Orlando, A. and Schwarz, R. and O'Sullivan, C. and Piccirillo, L. and Pryke, C. and Rajguru, N. and Rusholme, B. and Taylor, A.N. and Thompson, K.L. and Tucker, C. and Turner, A.H. and Wu, E.Y.S. and Zemcov, M. (2009) QUaD: A High-Resolution Cosmic Microwave Background Polarimeter. Astrophysical Journal, 692 (2). pp. 1221-1246. ISSN 0004-637X
We describe the QUaD experiment, a millimeter-wavelength polarimeter designed to observe the cosmic microwave background (CMB) from a site at the South Pole. The experiment comprises a 2.64 m Cassegrain telescope equipped with a cryogenically cooled receiver containing an array of 62 polarization-sensitive bolometers. The focal plane contains pixels at two different frequency bands, 100 GHz and 150 GHz, with angular resolutions of 5 and 3.5, respectively. The high angular resolution allows observation of CMB temperature and polarization anisotropies over a wide range of scales. The instrument commenced operation in early 2005 and collected science data during three successive Austral winter seasons of observation.
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