The Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry-BLASTPol: Performance and results from the 2010 Antarctic flight

Enzo Pascale, Peter A.R. Ade, Francesco E. Angilè, Steven J. Benton, Mark J. Devlin, Brad Dober, Laura M. Fissel, Yasuo Fukui, Natalie N. Gandilo, Joshua O. Gundersen, Peter C. Hargrave, Jeffrey Klein, Andrei L. Korotkov, Tristan G. Matthews, Lorenzo Moncelsi, Tony K. Mroczkowski, C. Barth Netterfield, Giles Novak, David Nutter, Luca OlmiFrédérick Poidevin, Giorgio Savini, Douglas Scott, Jamil A. Shariff, Juan Diego Soler, Nicholas E. Thomas, Matthew D.P. Truch, Carole E. Tucker, Gregory S. Tucker, Derek Ward-Thompson

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Abstract

The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLASTPol) is a suborbital mapping experiment designed to study the role played by magnetic fields in the star formation process. BLASTPol uses a total power instrument and an achromatic half-wave plate to modulate the polarization signal. During its first flight from Antarctica in December 2010, BLASTPol made degree scale maps of linearly polarized dust emission from molecular clouds in three wavebands centered at 250, 350, and 500 μm. This unprecedented dataset in terms of sky coverage, with sub-arcminute resolution, allows BLASTPol to trace magnetic fields in star-forming regions at scales ranging from cores to entire molecular cloud complexes. A second long-duration flight is scheduled for December 2012.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes IV
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes IV - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 1 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8444
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes IV
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period7/1/127/6/12

Keywords

  • Balloons
  • Dust emission
  • Instrumentation: miscellaneous
  • Polarization
  • Stars:formation
  • Submillimeter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Pascale, E., Ade, P. A. R., Angilè, F. E., Benton, S. J., Devlin, M. J., Dober, B., Fissel, L. M., Fukui, Y., Gandilo, N. N., Gundersen, J. O., Hargrave, P. C., Klein, J., Korotkov, A. L., Matthews, T. G., Moncelsi, L., Mroczkowski, T. K., Netterfield, C. B., Novak, G., Nutter, D., ... Ward-Thompson, D. (2012). The Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry-BLASTPol: Performance and results from the 2010 Antarctic flight. In Ground-Based and Airborne Telescopes IV [844415] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 8444). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.927211