2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Imaging the beginning of time from the South Pole: The next stage of the BICEP program

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

Event Number: A-149-S

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Paul Sullivan

Dr. John Kovac (Principal Investigator)
http://bicepkeck.org/External Non U.S. Government Site

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Supporting Stations:  South Pole Station
Research Locations:  MAPO (Martin A. Pomerantz Observatory)

Project Description:
This project will continue the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization (BICEP)/Keck program of Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) polarization observations as well as observations with BICEP3, while initiating the phased upgrade of the Keck array to the new BICEP array. This upgrade follows the tradition of improving upon the previous generation’s detectors housed in the mounts originally built for the Degree Angular Scale Interferometer (DASI), then subsequently used by the Small Polarimeter Upgrade for DASI (SPUD) and most recently the Keck array.

Field Season Overview:
This season a team of 15 will conduct season-ending calibrations on the receivers. All five receivers will then be taken down to the lab and serviced. In mid November a sixth receiver will arrive on station to replace an existing one. The other four existing receivers will be disassembled and a subtle optical problem which has recently been identified will be addressed.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Zeeshan Ahmed
  • Colin Bischoff
  • Eric Bullock
  • Stefan Fliescher
  • Howard Hui
  • Kirit Karkare
  • John Kovac (PI)
  • Martin Lueker
  • Hien Nguyen
  • Clement Pryke (Co-PI)
  • Robert Schwarz
  • Sarah Stokes
  • Grant Teply
  • Abigail Vieregg

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