California Institute of Technology
Dates in Antarctica:
Instruments operate year-round
Dark Sector Lab
Deploying Team Members:
Denis Barkats · Jamie Bock · H. Cynthia Chiang · Charles Darren Dowell · Gregory Griffin · Brian Keating · John Kovac · Chao-lin Kuo · Andrew Lange · Pete Mason · Hien Trong Nguyen · Tom Renbarger · Yuki Takahashi · Lawrence Weintraub · Kiwon Yoon
BICEP is an experiment designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) to unprecedented precision, and in turn answer crucial questions about the beginnings of the Universe. It will operate at 100 GHz and 150 GHz at angular resolutions of 1.0° and 0.7°, respectively, with an array of 98 polarization-sensitive bolometers (PSBs), mapping a large region of the sky around the South Celestial Pole. Its design is optimized to provide exquisite sensitivity to CMB polarization on medium to large angular scales, allowing it to directly probe for the gravitational wave signature of inflation.