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 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 publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8444
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes IV - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 1 2012Jul 6 2012

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

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Balloon
Polarimeters
Balloons
polarimetry
balloons
Telescopes
Telescope
apertures
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molecular clouds
Stars
Star
Magnetic Field
Magnetic fields
Antarctica
Antarctic regions
magnetic fields
Dust

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Pascale, E., Ade, P. A. R., Angilè, F. E., Benton, S. J., Devlin, M. J., Dober, B., ... Ward-Thompson, D. (2012). The Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry-BLASTPol: Performance and results from the 2010 Antarctic flight. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 8444). [844415] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.927211

The Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry-BLASTPol : Performance and results from the 2010 Antarctic flight. / Pascale, Enzo; Ade, Peter A R; Angilè, Francesco E.; Benton, Steven J.; Devlin, Mark J.; Dober, Brad; Fissel, Laura M.; Fukui, Yasuo; Gandilo, Natalie N.; Gundersen, Joshua; Hargrave, Peter C.; Klein, Jeffrey; Korotkov, Andrei L.; Matthews, Tristan G.; Moncelsi, Lorenzo; Mroczkowski, Tony K.; Netterfield, C. Barth; Novak, Giles; Nutter, David; Olmi, Luca; Poidevin, Frédérick; Savini, Giorgio; Scott, Douglas; Shariff, Jamil A.; Soler, Juan Diego; Thomas, Nicholas E.; Truch, Matthew D P; Tucker, Carole E.; Tucker, Gregory S.; Ward-Thompson, Derek.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8444 2012. 844415.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Pascale, E, Ade, PAR, Angilè, FE, Benton, SJ, Devlin, MJ, Dober, B, Fissel, LM, Fukui, Y, Gandilo, NN, Gundersen, J, Hargrave, PC, Klein, J, Korotkov, AL, Matthews, TG, Moncelsi, L, Mroczkowski, TK, Netterfield, CB, Novak, G, Nutter, D, Olmi, L, Poidevin, F, Savini, G, Scott, D, Shariff, JA, Soler, JD, Thomas, NE, Truch, MDP, Tucker, CE, Tucker, GS & Ward-Thompson, D 2012, The Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry-BLASTPol: Performance and results from the 2010 Antarctic flight. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 8444, 844415, Ground-Based and Airborne Telescopes IV, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 7/1/12. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.927211
Pascale E, Ade PAR, Angilè FE, Benton SJ, Devlin MJ, Dober B et al. The Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry-BLASTPol: Performance and results from the 2010 Antarctic flight. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8444. 2012. 844415 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.927211
Pascale, Enzo ; Ade, Peter A R ; Angilè, Francesco E. ; Benton, Steven J. ; Devlin, Mark J. ; Dober, Brad ; Fissel, Laura M. ; Fukui, Yasuo ; Gandilo, Natalie N. ; Gundersen, Joshua ; Hargrave, Peter C. ; Klein, Jeffrey ; Korotkov, Andrei L. ; Matthews, Tristan G. ; Moncelsi, Lorenzo ; Mroczkowski, Tony K. ; Netterfield, C. Barth ; Novak, Giles ; Nutter, David ; Olmi, Luca ; Poidevin, Frédérick ; Savini, Giorgio ; Scott, Douglas ; Shariff, Jamil A. ; Soler, Juan Diego ; Thomas, Nicholas E. ; Truch, Matthew D P ; Tucker, Carole E. ; Tucker, Gregory S. ; Ward-Thompson, Derek. / The Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry-BLASTPol : Performance and results from the 2010 Antarctic flight. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8444 2012.
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