University of Pennsylvania
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: LDB Facility at Williams Field
BLAST (Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope) is a comprehensive program to study the link between Galactic magnetic fields and star formation. BLASTPol is the first instrument to combine the sensitivity and mapping speed necessary to trace magnetic fields across entire clouds with the resolution to trace fields down into dense substructures, including cores and laments. BLASTPol therefore provides the critical link between the PLANCK all-sky polarization maps with 5’ resolution and ALMA’s ultra-high resolution, but with only a 20” field of view. BLASTPol will use the PLANCK data to refine its target selection, then ALMA will utilize BLASTPol maps to “zero in” on areas of particular interest. Together, these three instruments will probe the inner workings of star formation with previously unreachable resolution, sensitivity and scope.
Field Season Overview:
This year will be the third float in Antarctica for this instrument; 2006 and 2010 were the prior field seasons. The instrument will be launched on a stratospheric balloon from Williams Field as a part of the CSBF ballooning operations (Stepp A-145). The field party of twelve will begin arriving at McMurdo in late October with the expectation that the instrument will be launched in December.
Deploying Team Members:
Mark Devlin (PI)
Barth Netterfield (Co-PI)
Giles Novak (Co-PI)
Enzo Pascale (Co-PI)
Juan Soler Pulido