The balloon-borne large aperture submillimeter telescope (BLAST)

Mark Devlin, Peter Ade, Itziar Aretxaga, James Bock, Jaspaul Chung, Edward Chapin, Simon Dicker, Matt Griffin, Joshua Gundersen, Mark Halpern, Peter Hargrave, David Hughes, Jeffrey Klein, Gaelen Marsden, Peter Martin, Phillip Mauskopf, Barth Netterfield, Luca Olmi, Enzo Pascale, Marie RexDouglas Scott, Christopher Semisch, Matthew Truch, Carole Tucker, Gregory Tucker, Anthony Turner, Donald Weibe

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Advances in bolometric detector technology over the past decade have allowed submillimeter wavelength measurements to contribute important data to some of the most challenging questions in observational cosmology. The availability of large format bolometer arrays will provide observations with unprecedented image fidelity. The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST) will be one of the first experiments to make full use of this new capability. The high altitude (≈ 35 km) of the balloon platform allows for high-sensitivity measurements in the 250, 350 and 500 μm bands with a total of 260 detectors.



  • Bolometer array
  • Detectors
  • Galaxy evolution
  • High-redshift
  • Submillimeter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Devlin, M., Ade, P., Aretxaga, I., Bock, J., Chung, J., Chapin, E., Dicker, S., Griffin, M., Gundersen, J., Halpern, M., Hargrave, P., Hughes, D., Klein, J., Marsden, G., Martin, P., Mauskopf, P., Netterfield, B., Olmi, L., Pascale, E., ... Weibe, D. (2004). The balloon-borne large aperture submillimeter telescope (BLAST). In J. Zmuidzinas, W. S. Holland, & S. Withington (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 5498, pp. 42-54). [05]