The balloon-borne large-aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry: BLAST-Pol

Laura M. Fissel, Peter A R Ade, Francesco E. Angilè, Steven J. Benton, Edward L. Chapin, Mark J. Devlin, Natalie N. Gandilo, Joshua Gundersen, Peter C. Hargrave, David H. Hughes, Jeffrey Klein, Andrei L. Korotkov, Galen Marsden, Tristan G. Matthews, Lorenzo Moncelsi, Tony K. Mroczkowski, C. Barth Netterfield, Giles Novak, Luca Olmi, Enzo PascaleGiorgio 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, Donald V. Wiebe

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Abstract

The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLAST-Pol) is a suborbital mapping experiment designed to study the role played by magnetic fields in the star formation process. BLAST-Pol is the reconstructed BLAST telescope, with the addition of linear polarization capability. Using a 1.8m Cassegrain telescope, BLAST-Pol images the sky onto a focal plane that consists of 280 bolometric detectors in three arrays, observing simultaneously at 250, 350, and 500μm. The diffraction-limited optical system provides a resolution of 30"at 250μm. The polarimeter consists of photolithographic polarizing grids mounted in front of each bolometer/ detector array. A rotating 4K achromatic half-wave plate provides additional polarization modulation. With its unprecedented mapping speed and resolution, BLAST-Pol will produce three-color polarization maps for a large number of molecular clouds. The instrument provides a much needed bridge in spatial coverage between larger-scale, coarse resolution surveys and narrow field of view, and high resolution observations of substructure within molecular cloud cores. The first science flight will be from McMurdo Station, Antarctica in December 2010.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7741
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
EventMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 29 2010Jul 2 2010

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OtherMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period6/29/107/2/10

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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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Fissel, L. M., Ade, P. A. R., Angilè, F. E., Benton, S. J., Chapin, E. L., Devlin, M. J., ... Wiebe, D. V. (2010). The balloon-borne large-aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry: BLAST-Pol. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 7741). [77410E] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857601

The balloon-borne large-aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry : BLAST-Pol. / Fissel, Laura M.; Ade, Peter A R; Angilè, Francesco E.; Benton, Steven J.; Chapin, Edward L.; Devlin, Mark J.; Gandilo, Natalie N.; Gundersen, Joshua; Hargrave, Peter C.; Hughes, David H.; Klein, Jeffrey; Korotkov, Andrei L.; Marsden, Galen; Matthews, Tristan G.; Moncelsi, Lorenzo; Mroczkowski, Tony K.; Netterfield, C. Barth; Novak, Giles; Olmi, Luca; Pascale, Enzo; 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; Wiebe, Donald V.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7741 2010. 77410E.

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

Fissel, LM, Ade, PAR, Angilè, FE, Benton, SJ, Chapin, EL, Devlin, MJ, Gandilo, NN, Gundersen, J, Hargrave, PC, Hughes, DH, Klein, J, Korotkov, AL, Marsden, G, Matthews, TG, Moncelsi, L, Mroczkowski, TK, Netterfield, CB, Novak, G, Olmi, L, Pascale, E, Savini, G, Scott, D, Shariff, JA, Soler, JD, Thomas, NE, Truch, MDP, Tucker, CE, Tucker, GS, Ward-Thompson, D & Wiebe, DV 2010, The balloon-borne large-aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry: BLAST-Pol. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 7741, 77410E, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V, San Diego, CA, United States, 6/29/10. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857601
Fissel LM, Ade PAR, Angilè FE, Benton SJ, Chapin EL, Devlin MJ et al. The balloon-borne large-aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry: BLAST-Pol. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7741. 2010. 77410E https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857601
Fissel, Laura M. ; Ade, Peter A R ; Angilè, Francesco E. ; Benton, Steven J. ; Chapin, Edward L. ; Devlin, Mark J. ; Gandilo, Natalie N. ; Gundersen, Joshua ; Hargrave, Peter C. ; Hughes, David H. ; Klein, Jeffrey ; Korotkov, Andrei L. ; Marsden, Galen ; Matthews, Tristan G. ; Moncelsi, Lorenzo ; Mroczkowski, Tony K. ; Netterfield, C. Barth ; Novak, Giles ; Olmi, Luca ; Pascale, Enzo ; 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 ; Wiebe, Donald V. / The balloon-borne large-aperture submillimeter telescope for polarimetry : BLAST-Pol. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7741 2010.
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