2016-2017 USAP Field Season
Imaging the beginning of time from the South Pole: The next stage of the BICEP program
Dr. John Kovac
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Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
This project continues the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization (BICEP)/Keck/BICEP3 program of cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization observations while initiating the phased upgrade 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
At station opening, a team will arrive to perform calibrations on their receivers. The will use the MAPO roof crane to take down three of the receivers for focal-plane replacement. Once that is done, and the receivers are re-mounted, they will run test observations and perform any necessary calibrations.
Deploying Team Members